Sony's PS3 debuts brand new BBC iPlayer

A more elegant player from Auntie

iPlayer PS3 getting the brand new version

Sony's PlayStation 3 will be the first consumer device to show off the BBC's latest iPlayer, designed from the ground up to work on televisions.

The iPlayer has been a major hit on the PS3, proving a popular addition to the console in the UK.

So it's a natural place for the BBC to host its latest iPlayer version, built in HTML5 and boasting a new UI and new functionality.

That includes a "vastly improved" search function and a favourite programme feature that allows you to call up old searches and make sure you don't miss the new series of

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When bundled together, the views from the PS3 and the Nintendo Wii iPlayer amount to 10 million in a month – an impressive total and second only to Virgin Media's iPlayer in set top boxes.

New iplayer for ps3

And, having any iPlayer at all, is something that PlayStation 3 fans can use against Xbox users.

"With today's announcement, we're transforming iPlayer in its most natural home: right on the living room TV.

"By creating a product that's as simple and intuitive as flicking through TV channels, the BBC is bringing on demand television to mainstream audiences across the UK."