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Why choose SovTech for your bespoke app development?

SovTech is an award-winning software and mobile app development company. With over a decade of engineering experience, along with over 200 tech professionals, we are experts in building custom mobile applications for any business, in any industry.

Our multidisciplinary teams, comprising tech-enthusiasts with elite and varied development expertise, are geared towards building scalable products that service growth-focused businesses. We strive to deliver bespoke solutions that innovate using cutting edge technologies and cloud software at competitive and flexible rates.

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What is BBC iPlayer?

BBC iPlayer. The BBC’s iPlayer is a video-on-demand service. Mobile phones and tablets, as well as personal computers and smart televisions, are all supported by the service. There is no commercial advertising on iPlayer services supplied to UK viewers.

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The History of BBC iPlayer

Ben Lavender, a BBC staffer who was upset by attempting to bit-torrent Buffy the Vampire Slayer, came up with the idea for the BBC iPlayer in 2005. He went on a “road-show” around the BBC to market the idea, and the Director General assured him that he had “saved the BBC.” [5] BBC Redux was created as a proof-of-concept for a cross-platform streaming system based on Flash Video. [6]: 15 On December 25, 2007, the BBC iPlayer exited beta and went online.

Features

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Series downloading

Instead of just downloading specific episodes, users will now be able to batch record series, meaning that you won't miss any of your favourite shows again.

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Friends recommendations

If you fancy taking a look at what your friends have been watching you can now do this through the Friends Recommendations section of iPlayer.

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Live channel hopping

There is now a one-click window between channels, which means that you can essentially channel hop the iPlayer's live TV content.

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Platforms

Use BBC iPlayer on these platforms:

Mac

iOS

Android

Tech Stack

BBC iPlayer is built using this tech stack

HTML5

Amazon

React

JavaScript

Cost of building an app like BBC iPlayer

£65 000

 

Benefits of custom over off-the-shelf software​

While off-the-shelf software might be cheaper to set up, custom app development can be uniquely tailored to meet your specific business needs. Bespoke software is high-quality, built by a team of expert professionals, offering you better and more features than the limited features that are available with generic software.

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