Today we’ve launched the new and improved RadioTimes.com. It’s a big step on our exciting journey to redevelop the Radio Times digital offering. The site is designed to help you discover TV, radio and film that suits you – and plan how and when you want to watch it, on TV or radio, on demand, or at your local cinema.
Watch our video tour of the new site:
The site is still in “beta”, which means we’re still working on it, and we’re keen to hear from you on how it can be developed further.
If you were registered with the old site, your log-in will still work. You’ll see that some of the listings functions that were previously available haven’t been retained, but the new site generally has a different and (we think) better way of doing the same job. For instance, we’ve replaced Your Programmes with the new watchlist, which is easier to use and has lots of additional benefits. It only takes one click to start following programmes and films, including those not currently airing.
Things we’re still improving
There are still some features to come on the listings. Soon we’ll be giving you the option to order channels as you want, filter the grid by genre and we’ll reintroduce the list view if there’s enough demand. We’ll also continue to improve the speed and usability of the grid. We know listings are really important.
We now have pages for every programme that has been broadcast on British TV or radio over the last year or so and a good deal more. Getting these all working correctly and making the search provide sensible results for this enormous amount of content has been challenging and although we’re nearly there, we’re still tuning it to ensure that on-demand links are appearing where they should and so on.
We’re also doing things like carrying out a detailed accessibility audit to ensure that the site is fully accessible to those with visual impairments.
While we’re working on all this, we will be running the old site in parallel with the new one, for listings only. It’ll be available until we finally retire it later in the year.
In the pipeline
We have lot more exciting features on the way.
We’ll be adding a new cinema section, which will allow you to see what’s showing near you. And we’ll be introducing people pages for every star and crew member. You’ll be able to “follow” them in the same way as programmes, so you can see the next time your favourite actors, directors or writers are next on TV or radio.
We’ll also be creating a mobile optimised version of the site, replacing our iPhone app and introducing an Android app too for those of you who want the convenience of accessing the site on your phone.
The competitions section will also be making a return – we know many of you like it.
Find out more
We’ve published some frequently asked questions, which we’ll be adding to over the coming days. There’s also the site blog, where we’ll addressing specific points in more detail.
If you have questions that are not answered by our FAQs or blog, or you have ideas, problems or praise you’d like to share, you can add them at our support site on Get Satisfaction (note, you’ll need to sign in separately to Get Satisfaction). We’ll reply to as many of these as we can.