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BBC’s iPlayer heads to Sky as part of content, tech deal

The BBC in the UK has struck a deal that covers content and technology with domestic competitor Sky, with the public broadcaster’s on demand service iPlayer becoming available via the pay TV platform as a result. The main feature of the deal is the availability of the BBC iPlayer app and connected red-button service on […]

BBC’s content chief talks up iPlayer plans, benefits of extended rights window

BBC content chief Charlotte Moore has outlined how on-demand service iPlayer will become central to the UK public broadcaster’s approach to commissioning shows and argued its extended 12-month rights window will benefit producers. “We are transforming our offer to audiences. And this will mean a big change in the way we commission shows,” Moore told […]

Ofcom confirms BBC’s 12-month iPlayer window

UK media regulator Ofcom has confirmed its decision to allow the BBC to make shows available on iPlayer for 12 months rather than 30 days at present, adding that the changes could result in growth of up to 33% for the VOD service. Selected shows will also be available beyond the 12-month period, Ofcom said, […]

Ofcom approves BBC’s proposed 12-month iPlayer window

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 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 […]

BBC breaks online records with royal wedding

The BBC reported record-breaking online stats on Saturday thanks to high audience figures for the royal wedding and FA Cup final. The BBC said that Saturday was “the biggest ever day for BBC Online” with audiences consuming 11.9 petabytes (11.9 million gigabytes) of data, peaking at 2.8 terabits per second when people got their first […]

BBC Three orders comedy from People Just Do Nothing star

BBC Three has commissioned a new comedy by People Just Do Nothing star Lily Brazier, named Wannabe. Filming has begun on the series, which stars and is co-written by Brazier. The title will premiere on BBC on-demand service BBC iPlayer in March. It follows Brazier’s Maxine, a 1990s pop star wannabe who tries to bring […]

UK government ups BBC licence fee

The UK government has confirmed that it will increase the price of the BBC licence fee from £145.50 per year to £147 (US$178.59 – US$180.45) from April 1. The price rise marks the first time the licence fee has increased since April 1, 2010. Licence fee payers will receive a payment plan or a reminder […]

Planet Earth II tops BBC iPlayer charts

Planet Earth II was the most popular show on the iPlayer BBC streaming and catch-up service in 2016. The blue chip doc series generated excellent linear ratings and the opening episode was requested 3.8 million times alone, as the show took the overall number one iPlayer slot. The UK pubcaster issued new iPlayer stats today […]

Ofcom details how it will regulate the BBC

Ofcom has revealed details of how it will regulate the BBC from next April. The UK communications regulator will have responsibility for key aspects of oversight of the broadcaster activities relating to content standards, competition and performance, including plans to extend its Broadcasting Code to cover BBC iPlayer, implement a new operating licence for the […]

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