Good news UK BBC watchers: BBC iPlayer is coming to the new Apple TV soon. That means everyone who's been using AirPlay with their iPhone or iPad to get shows from iPlayer onto their TV will finally have a native Apple TV app instead.
BBC's iPlayer coming to Apple TV soon
The BBC shared the news on its Twitter account saying, "BBC iPlayer will be coming to the new Apple TV in coming months..."
A quick dive into the Tweet tells us a couple things: "New" means fourth generation Apple TV, which is the model that ships on October 30th. That's a pretty hint to let us know the BBC is working on a tvOS-native app, and since iPlayer is getting an app, the second and third generation Apple TV aren't going to be supported.
Older Apple TV owners will have to stick with the current workaround where you use AirPlay to stream iPlayer content from an iPhone or iPad to your television via Apple TV. There's a line in the sand now that the fourth generation Apple TV is here, and the older models don't get to step across.