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Doctor Foster drives BBC iPlayer

The BBC logged 239 million requests for TV programmes on the iPlayer in September, up year-on-year, with Doctor Foster (pictured) emerging as the most popular show during the month. Episode one, season two of drama series Doctor Foster was the top performing show of September on the UK pubcaster’s VOD service with three million requests. […]

BBC iPlayer content head exits

Victoria Jaye, BBC iPlayer’s head of TV content, has decided to leave the UK’s pubcaster. Jaye will continue to pull together the digital strategy across BBC content and remain in the Corporation until March 2018. She played a leading role in the BBC’s digital commissioning strategy for over a decade. However, she is leaving after […]

BBC iPlayer unlocks programming vault

The BBC has added a section to its iPlayer catch-up service that will include a range of archive content spanning from 1946 to today. The ‘From the Archive’ category launches with 450 programmes, ranging from footage that hasn’t been shown since it was first broadcast to popular documentary strands like Horizon, Storyville and Imagine. It […]

BBC to roll out iPlayer password controls

The BBC will soon make iPlayer users create passwords and log-in in order to access the video-on-demand service. From yesterday, UK pubcaster the BBC has started to prompt iPlayer when they click to watch or listen to programmes online or via the iPlayer mobile and tablet apps. “You’ll soon need to sign in to watch. […]

BBC ups Welsh programming investment by 50%

UK pubcaster the BBC is to increase its funding in English-language programming at its Welsh operation by £8.5 million (US$10.6 million) per year. The BBC claimed the increase, which will take its total investment in English-language TV in Wales to about £30 million by 2019/2020, is “the biggest expansion of BBC Wales television output in […]

Sam Bain comedy set for iPlayer & BBC Two

An upcoming three-part comedy from Peep Show writer Sam Bain will debut on the BBC iPlayer service before airing on UK terrestrial broadcaster BBC Two. Ill Behaviour’s release model is the latest example of the UK’s pubcaster using its on-demand service as a platform to attract traditional and on- demand audiences with the same content. […]

Sam Bain comedy set for iPlayer & BBC Two

An upcoming three-part comedy from Peep Show writer Sam Bain will debut on the BBC iPlayer service before airing on UK terrestrial broadcaster BBC Two. Ill Behaviour’s release model is the latest example of the UK’s pubcaster using its on-demand service as a platform to attract traditional and on- demand audiences with the same content. […]

iPlayer ‘treads water’ as Amazon & Netflix ‘make waves’

The BBC is “treading water” with its iPlayer service while Amazon and Netflix are “starting to make waves”, according to new YouGov research. The study claims that while the BBC’s UK on-demand and catch-up service has more users that its US streaming rivals, it is “not making as much progress” as its competitors. “When it […]

iPlayer ‘treads water’ as Amazon & Netflix ‘make waves’

The BBC is “treading water” with its iPlayer service while Amazon and Netflix are “starting to make waves”, according to new YouGov research. The study claims that while the BBC’s UK on-demand and catch-up service has more users that its US streaming rivals, it is “not making as much progress” as its competitors. “When it […]

BBC must ‘reinvent PSB’ to rival Netflix, Amazon

The BBC must “reinvent public service broadcasting” in a bid to take on digital video giants like Amazon and Netflix, according to director general Tony Hall. In a speech to BBC staff in Birmingham to mark the beginning of the BBC’s new eleven-year charter period, Hall said that the BBC iPlayer must “make the leap […]