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post Jan 10 2019, 09:29 PM
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The BBC has launched a public consultation for a revamped iPlayer service:

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The BBC is proposing:

Programmes should be available on BBC iPlayer for at least 12 months after they are first shown
Complete series box sets for selected titles made up of returning series and their previous series
More content from the BBC archive
These plans respond to audiences’ expectations, particularly younger viewers, who expect the BBC’s great programmes and box sets should be available for longer than 30 days.

The improvements to BBC iPlayer will also ensure that the BBC continues to deliver value for money for licence fee payers following increased competition from US streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, alongside UK services such as ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play and Now TV all of whom can make their content available for much longer.

Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, says: “We know that in the future BBC iPlayer will be the main way many people will want to watch the BBC. It already is for many younger viewers. These changes are about ensuring we continue to deliver value for money to licence fee payers - and meet expectations of viewers who want to watch full series whenever they choose to.

“It’s also important that regulation recognises that there should be a level playing field for public service broadcasters, to ensure British stories are being told for British audiences.”

The consultation published by the BBC today is aimed at industry stakeholders. It is the first formal step in the BBC publishing a Public Interest Test, as required under the Charter for Material Changes to the BBC’s UK Public Services.

The consultation closes on 15 February 2019. Following the consultation, the BBC will consider stakeholders responses, before the BBC Board approves the Public Interest Test.

The Public Interest Test will also consider: the BBC’s proposals, including any changes we make in response to this consultation; the public value of these proposed changes; and the potential impact on fair and effective competition the changes may have.

The BBC expects to publish the Public Interest Test in Spring 2019. Ofcom will then complete a BBC Competition Assessment, or a shorter assessment on the potential market impact of our proposals, before making a decision on whether these changes can go ahead.


I think this would be a fantastic move! It's evident from 2018 that iPlayer is becoming increasingly important with shows like Killing Eve and Bodyguard being huge on the platform. 30 days just feels far too short in this day and age.
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post Jan 10 2019, 10:05 PM
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This would be wonderful. All4 is probably the best platform in the UK given it's massive content library AND the length of time they tend to hold onto shows for. Giving us BBC shows for a longer period will work fantastically.

Personally I'd love to see long running titles, like The Apprentice for example, having older seasons available in box sets for rewatching. Who doesn't want to relive "Mr Pino and a Mr Grigo"?
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post Jan 11 2019, 11:42 PM
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I’m all for this. As already mentioned All4 has more or less all of C4’s biggest programmes of the past 10 years so would be great for the BBC to keep shows on the iPlayer for 12 months and hope they put loads of great documentaries and dramas on the archive section.
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This has been given a provisional green light by Ofcom, final decision to be released in August:

"On the proposed changes, originally submitted in April, Ofcom said the extension “would pose challenges for other public service broadcasters’ video-on-demand services,” but would be justified as they “could increase choice and availability of public-service broadcast content and help ensure the BBC remains relevant in the face of changing viewing habits.”"

I don't see why it would be blocked, All 4 has a lot of programming that stays for even over 12 months, as well as a lot of box sets of it's popular shows.
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