BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed
Because it'll all be on iPlayer first - trust approves trial run
The BBC Trust has approved a year-long trial project to show all programmes on iPlayer first. Some 40 hours of content across all genres will be made available online ahead of its TV broadcast, technically making every transmission a repeat.
The Beeb has put out online-only content in the past, but this latest green-light means a wider range of normal programming will be web-first. The trial is aimed at broadband-connected Brits who only use iPlayer and make up two per cent of BBC viewers.
Perhaps this project will drive up that percentage, but it certainly shuffles the UK's flagship broadcaster slowly towards a future without broadcast.
The iPlayer service chucked out more than two billion video and radio streams during 2012; the BBC is by far Blighty's dominant TV provider. Not that it's all bad for rival NetFlix and its ilk: the popularity of iPlayer (and free promotion on the BBC) has introduced many to the joy of internet-streamed entertainment.
iPlayer is available on a host of platforms, including all the popular games consoles and mobile gadgets, and delivers the vast majority of Auntie's last week's TV on demand. iPlayer is also central to the YouView platform which plugs streaming services from the UK broadcasters into a video recorder.
Exactly which programmes will end up as iPlayer-first titles the BBC has yet to decide: the first hurdle was to get approval from the trust which oversees how the BBC spends Brits' telly licence fees. Now that's done the production can begin. ®
Re: I wonder
This is the first thing I thought of while reading this article as well. Currently I use iPlayer to (perfectly legally) watch the very occasional programme such as Doctor Who or Top gear, but that's it. I neither own nor want a television, and prefer to watch these programmes when I want to, not when the BBC decides they should be broadcast. The fact that it is legal to do so without a licence sometimes makes me wonder why people still rush home to watch a specific programme because "it starts in 5 minutes!!"
I have no interest in breaking the law - in fact, I actually look forward to the day when one of the licence enforcement monkeys turns up at my door so I can tell them to piss off. If programmes are shown on iPlayer before being broadcast though, then I fear this may result in a change in the law. No way am I buying a licence just to watch Doctor Who and Top Gear, so I may have to either change my habits, or stop watching entirely to remain legal. Not that it bothers me considering I'm not paying for it of course...
I suspect this post will be met with disapproval from most licence-fee payers - before downvoting me though, bear in mind that I'm not breaking any laws or doing anything unethical here, and if the law were to change, so too would my viewing habits.
Re: All programs?
>So what about the news and phone-ins and live voting?
>I guess they mean many/most programmes
Sod that... just watch the Lottery before it happens!
Oh my God! I'm going to be RICH!!!
Re: Tories are bad. Labour are good - not quite.
Blair they are so close that it's hard to tell the difference
Not really. New Labour is basically Labour with any shred of decency and ethics removed - I've watched them operate from up close and it wasn't pretty. Now I cannot talk about that, but just ask yourself how they got from a budget surplus to the largest gaping hole of a deficit when they were finally removed from office, and that was AFTER selling all the gold and raiding the pension funds to a point where people now have to work longer - and found it funny rather than deplorable to leave a note that basically said "we spent it all" for their successors.
The only politician who was possibly worse was Ken Livingston - a member of the same club, but so focused on his own pet projects that it even got too much for his fellow goons at No 10. I've seen him at work in West London where one of his scams would have resulted in the total destruction of an area including thousands of mature trees. The whole money making scam was so badly thought out that it pretty much derailed when people started asking where emergency vehicles would go - it had not been considered..
If you want any hint of just how much these guys took from the tax payer, just have a look how badly a certain Mr Tony Blair is doing these days. We paid for that.
End of political opinion..