BBC iPlayer


iPlayer extension is good news for producers, says BBC content chief

UK regulator Ofcom’s decision to allow the BBC to extend the window in which content is available on the iPlayer service to 12 months means that the on-demand offering will be at the centre of the pubcaster’s approach to commissioning content for what director of content Charlotte Moore described as a “total TV vision”. “We […]

BBC announces iPlayer revamp to launch in 2020

The BBC is working on a total overhaul of its iPlayer streaming service, the broadcaster has confirmed. This announced revamp follows Ofcom’s decision that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available from 30 days to one year.  The PSB said that it is designing a fully redesigned […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC iPlayer plan, despite concerns over BritBox

Ofcom has confirmed that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available on the BBC iPlayer service to one year, with some content, including kids content, available for longer. “We have decided that the public value of the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer justifies the adverse impact on […]

ITV chief: BBC iPlayer plans will not impact BritBox

The BBC’s plans to extend the window under which content is available on its iPlayer service will not have a major impact on BritBox, the planned new SVOD JV with ITV, according to ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. Speaking on ITV’s latest quarterly earnings call at the end of last week, McCall said that ITV […]

Virgin Media beats rivals to air Wimbledon tennis in 4K UHD and HDR

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media is to air the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 4K UHD and HDR for the first time. Virgin Media subscribers equipped with a Virgin TV V6 set-top box will be able to view 4K HDR coverage of the competition from July 1 via the BBC iPlayer app on the box. While BBC […]

Ofcom gives provisional green light to 12-month BBC iPlayer plan

UK media regulator Ofcom has provisionally given the BBC a green light for its planned changes to BBC iPlayer, subject to certain conditions and guidance. The regulator said that it accepts that the BBC needs to keep pace with changes in consumption habits. “We have provisionally found that the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer would […]

BBC submits iPlayer plans to Ofcom

The BBC has submitted its plans to make more box-sets and more content available for longer on its iPlayer service to Ofcom following completion of the public interest test ordered by the regulator. The BBC said that its public interest test had shown that the planned changes, which would see programmes made  available on BBC […]

BBC to stream FA Cup in UHD on iPlayer

The UK’s FA Cup football semi-final this Saturday and the final on May 18 is to be streamed on the BBC iPlayer service in the Ultra HD format for the first time, the pubcaster has said. The BBC has also revealed that 18% of the eight million requests for blockbuster natural history series Dynasties on […]

BBC chair criticises ‘red tape’ restrictions on iPlayer windowing

The restrictions on the viewing window for content available on the BBC iPlayer form a major barrier to the pubcaster meeting its remit of delivering a universal service as audiences turn to digital platforms, and regulator Ofcom’s approach runs the risk of “tying ourselves up in red tape and regulation at a time when media […]

BBC launches public consultation on ‘reinvention’ of iPlayer

The BBC has launched a public consultation on plans to “reinvent” the BBC iPlayer service, including making content available for at least 12 months after it is first shown as well as extending the availability of box-sets on the service. The move is the first step in the Public Interest Test ordered by regulator Ofcom […]

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