BBC iPlayer trials Watch With Friends feature for The Glastonbury Experience 2021
New trial feature makes it easy to watch sets from Glastonbury in sync with friends
"As there’s no Glastonbury on again this year, our Watch With Friends feature will still enable music fans who want to get together virtually to enjoy amazing classic sets from years gone by, and the brilliant new Live at Worthy Farm performances." — Dan Taylor-Watt
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
NEWS PROVIDED BY
Music fans may not be able to gather at Worthy Farm this year, but they can still get together to watch great sets from Glastonbury remotely thanks to a new trial feature on BBC iPlayer.
Viewers using the web version of BBC iPlayer will find a button saying 'Watch with friends' under any programme from The Glastonbury Experience 2021 in iPlayer’s Glastonbury collection. Viewers can choose to click the Watch With Friends button and generate a link to share the moment with friends and play, pause, and rewind in sync with each other.
Fans can get together to watch any of over 50 full sets from the BBC archives that are streaming on BBC iPlayer, which includes classics like Radiohead in 1997 and Pulp in 1995, or more recent performances like Kylie Minogue’s Legends set or Stormzy’s 2017 Other Stage set.
They can also watch highlights of performances from Glastonbury presents Live at Worthy Farm with friends. These first premiered in May, and saw the likes of Wolf Alice, Michael Kiwanuka, George Ezra, IDLES, HAIM, Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith, The Smile, Kano and Honey Dijon featuring Róisín Murphy performing from the Glastonbury site.
This trial of the Watch With Friends button is for BBC iPlayer web only, and continues BBC Research & Development’s work on BBC Together, a tool initially developed and released on BBC Taster during the early part of the first lockdown in 2020.
Dan Taylor-Watt, director of product and systems on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds says: “As there’s no Glastonbury on again this year, our Watch With Friends feature will still enable music fans who want to get together virtually to enjoy amazing classic sets from years gone by, and the brilliant new Live at Worthy Farm performances. We’re excited to see how people use it - R&D’s BBC Together tool was a great proof of concept on how people could watch BBC programmes together in sync, and this new experiment will enable us to see what kind of appetite there is for a feature like this in iPlayer itself.”
For a second year, BBC Music brings the magic of Worthy Farm to viewers and listeners, with a musical extravaganza, The Glastonbury Experience 2021 a celebration of Glastonbury Festival across BBC television, BBC iPlayer, BBC radio and BBC Sounds, from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June.
Source BBC iPlayer
June 25, 2021 4:00am ET by BBC iPlayer