PS5 owners should go to the Media tab on the PS5 home screen to get access to the BBC’s streaming service.
The BBC iPlayer will appear in the ‘all apps’ section. Selecting it will add BBC iPlayer to the apps library and make it available to use directly from the PlayStation home screen.
The arrival of the service on the PS5 comes ahead of a bumper festive season. The iPlayer will host over 1,000 boxsets, some of which in UHD.
It’s inclusion on PS5 and other devices is key to the BBC’s strategy to reach younger and more diverse audiences. While traditional linear TV audiences are ageing, the key demographics of the PS5 are 17-40 year olds; just 5% of registered PlayStation users are in the 49-54 age group.
Announcing the launch on PS5, Neil Hall Head of Product, BBC iPlayer said:
“We’re always working to make iPlayer available across as many platforms as we can, and we’re delighted to add the PS5 to the 15,000+ devices where BBC iPlayer is already available.
“PS5 users will be able to watch all the best shows from the BBC, including Showtrial, gripping new drama from the makers of Vigil and Stephen Merchant’s smash hit new comedy The Outlaws, featuring an A-list cast including Christopher Walken. They can also enjoy the full boxset of Doctor Who – as this special series Doctor Who: Flux reaches its thrilling conclusion this Sunday, plus they can get back to nature with Sir David Attenborough’s The Mating Game, which will be available to watch on PS5 in spectacular Ultra HD, assuming their TV is UHD-capable.”