So how exactly is iPlayer going to change? The BBC has outlined a vision for the streaming service which sets it apart from pretty much everything else out there. Read on to find out how.
What can I watch?
The main focus for the BBC with iPlayer is to start widening the amount of content available on it. It will be creating more bespoke content designed especially for the streaming service, including that created by famous YouTubers and funded by the BBC.
The special comedy pilots from BBC Three that were exclusive to iPlayer will continue and there will be more of them. There is also the chance of programmes themselves being made just for iPlayer and the possibility that programmes will premiere first online before being broadcast.
How can I watch?
The big shift with iPlayer will be towards a more personalised version of the service. It will now have special 'channels' based around specific subject matter. For example, there will be a special comedy channel, which groups all the comedy content in iPlayer into one single place.
These channels can also be created around a single event. Glastonbury for example will be given its own special iPlayer channel that will act like a hub for everything taken from the festival.
Finally, users will get their own channels, which will be based upon content they enjoy watching and have saved and stored to watch later.
The BBC also hopes to up the quality of iPlayer, even hinting at the possibility of 4K video streaming and multi-cam views that let you choose what angle you watch a programme from.
Where can I watch it?
The BBC continues to push the number of platforms that iPlayer is available on. The tablet and smartphone support will of course continue, but the new iPlayer will promote streamlined viewing across devices.
The idea is that play can be paused on one screen, a smart TV for example, and then resumed on another, say a tablet or smartphone.
When can I watch it?
A big bonus with the new iPlayer is that the BBC has extended the catch-up window from 7 days to 30. It will be possible to go back to the start of the month to watch catch-up content.
The BBC Store, details of which remain slim, will be a means for content to be purchased and saved permanently, so users can watch it whenever they want.
When is it coming?
At the moment, the Beeb is being fairly vague about exactly when the new look iPlayer will roll out. To us, it seems more like an evolutionary process, with features and functions being added over time.
The best we can get from the BBC is that it will relaunch in the first half of 2014. That relaunch, however, is described as a step towards its final vision for the product, so exactly what we will get remains to be seen.