The BBC has released updated their Android and iOS versions of the popular iPlayer app that now supports Chromecast. While explaining this newly supported platform for iPlayer, Chris Yanda made this bizarre statement about their apparent “lack” of Apple TV support:
One of the reasons we decided to support Chromecast was that Apple TV currently works only with Apple devices. Chromecast has SDKs available for a number of different platforms including iOS, Android, and the Chrome browser for laptop and desktop computers. Today we’ve added support to the latest versions of both the Android and iOS versions of BBC iPlayer. Soon, we will also be adding support for the Chrome web browser on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS desktop and laptop computers for the new web version of iPlayer.
This makes almost no sense and I really don’t understand what he’s implying. The iOS app already supports the Apple TV via the use of AirPlay, and has done for some time.
The only other feature request the BBC is likely to be asked when it comes to the Apple TV is if they’ll ever release their own application channel that runs natively, something that would have nothing to do with 3rd-party compatibility. It would simply offer the same functionality as the hundreds of set-top boxes, smart TVs and gaming consoles that are already supported.