A week ago, the BBC launched iPlayer for iPad onto the App Store. I’ve played with it a little bit, and the interface is superb, so lightweight you almost don’t notice it. It improves, slightly, on the website in that there’s a schedule page where you can select past or live programmes to view. So it’s a good start. But there are three things I want the iPlayer App for iPad to do that it doesn’t yet:
- Output video. You can plug the iPad into a TV with a component or composite video cable. When you view iPlayer in Safari you can already do this, so it really ought to be in the App.
- Send video via Airplay. If you have a new Apple TV you can send video wirelessly from the iPad to the screen hooked up to the Apple TV. It would be great to do this from iPlayer.
- Save stuff for offline viewing. Surely this is the whole point of having the app? There is a favourites function, but you can only watch your favourites while you have an internet connection. I want to watch previously selected TV shows while I’m on the train for example.
Go on, BBC, make it happen!
Update 4/9/12 The BBC are adding the capability for saving stuff offline will be implemented (via @jpodcaster). With Airplay having come in as a result of Apple’s improvements in iOS5, that just leaves video out as the missing feature that prevents the app from achieving perfection!