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BBC iPlayer orders ‘Once Were Lions’, rugby league feature doc

BBC iPlayer, the UK pubcaster’s VOD service, has ordered a feature-length documentary about the Great Britain Rugby League Lions 2019 tour to the southern hemisphere. Once Were Lions will launch on BBC iPlayer on 21 November and follows the GB Lions as they tour New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The film is produced by UK-based indie Chalkboard Television and documentary […]

BBC’s scripted acquisition spree continues with return of ‘The Bridge’

The BBC in the UK has struck a new deal for hit Nordic drama The Bridge (aka Bron), which last aired on the broadcaster in 2018. The new deal for the show’s four seasons was struck with ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE) and will see it airing on BBC Four and become available via the iPlayer streaming […]

BBC Three revs up more ‘Drag Race UK’

BBC Three has renewed its hit local adaptation of RuPaul’s Drag Race for a second season.  The format, produced by World of Wonder, will return to the digital offering next year, and applications are now open for second season contestants. The first season of the programme, which launched 3 October, has drawn 6.5m total requests […]

BBC readies fourth revamp of iPlayer in 12 years

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 its catch-up window from 30 days to one year. The PSB said that it is designing a fully redesigned “cutting-edge on-demand platform” that will alter the look, feel […]

UK producers express concern at BBC’s rights plan for iPlayer

British producers have expressed concern about BBC plans to make programmes available for longer on its iPlayer streaming service. The BBC has put forward proposals to regulator Ofcom that programmes should be available on BBC iPlayer for at least 12 months after they are first shown, and that selected returning titles should be available as […]

ITV boss defends “different and distinctive” BritBox UK plans

ITV boss Carolyn McCall has defended the broadcaster’s SVOD tie-up with the BBC, BritBox UK, saying the endeavour is sufficiently “distinctive” and will be “liberating” for producers. Unveiled a month ago by McCall, BritBox UK is intended to be the British equivalent of the eponymous two-year-old US SVOD, offering both archive content and originals. However, […]

BBC iPlayer stats led by ‘Luther’ in January

Detective drama Luther was the best-performing programme on the BBC iPlayer in January, in a month dominated by drama content. According to BBC stats, the top twenty iPlayer programmes of the month were all dramas with Luther taking the top four spots for episodes one to four of its season five run, which notched up […]

BBC reports ‘best year ever’ for streaming service iPlayer

UK pubcaster the BBC has said the iPlayer recorded its “best year ever in 2017” after adding more boxsets, archive shows and personalisation features. Company stats reveal that viewers of the catch-up and on-demand service streamed 272 million programmes per month on average in 2017, with total requests growing to 3.3 billion – an 11% […]

TBI Weekly: Sub success for SVOD players

A range of stories from this week highlight that a push in original content is driving paid-for VOD subscriptions higher than ever as 2017’s year-end results pile in. Last year, subscriptions to the dominant SVOD players Netflix and Amazon continued to grow in various territories alongside lesser-known and more localised platforms. BARB, the UK ratings […]

Christmas cheer for record-breaking BBC iPlayer

The BBC’s on-demand service in the UK, BBC iPlayer, enjoyed a record week over Christmas, as box-set viewing rocketed. iPlayer recorded 69.2 million requests for its programming in the week between Monday, December 25 and Sunday, December 31, according to new stats from the British pubcaster. Furthermore, some 25.6 million hours were watched over the […]

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