BBC iPlayer orders first original film

UK pubcaster the BBC has ordered The Rack Pack, a comedy film for its iPlayer streaming and catch up service. The feature will be made by Endemol Shine-owned prodco Zeppotron and launch on iPlayer in December. The comedy drama will be set in the 70s and 80s snooker scene and detail the rivalry between Alex […]

Kids group welcomes BBC iPlay

The Children Media Foundation has welcomed the BBC’s proposed content and catch-up service for kids, but cautioned it must be launched in addition to the UK pubcaster’s current kids output. BBC director general Tony Hall (pictured) yesterday unveiled plans for an “open BBC for the internet age”. These included the roll out of a new […]

BBC plans standalone children’s iPlayer

Britain’s pubcaster, the BBC, is to launch a standalone children’s version of popular on-demand service BBC iPlayer. The new service, iPlay, will create a “single front-door” for children to access BBC programming and related digital content. This will allow kids to access content “that matures with them, across more platforms, in a safe and trusted […]

ITV angry over licence fee catch-up plans

Broadcaster ITV is challenging plans to widen the scope of the UK license fee to cover the pubcaster’s catch-up services. The government plans to introduce the changes so that the license fee covers catch up services such as the BBC iPlayer, and agreed to the change as part of a wider recent deal on the […]

BBC trialling ‘Mind Control TV’

The BBC is working on a mind-control powered remote-control that lets viewers select programmes on the iPlayer using only their brainwaves. The BBC has trialled the ‘Mind Control TV’ prototype internally using a low-cost brainwave-reading headset and an experimental version of its catch-up service, in an experiment designed to give programme makers and technologists an […]

BBC preps six new iPlayer pilots

The BBC will launch six new online comedy pilots on the iPlayer as part of its fourth annual BBC Comedy Feeds initiative. This year’s Comedy Feeds will include: a pilot co-written and starring Radio 1 presenter Greg James about a DJ who fails to get breakfast show slot, called Dead Air; a pilot set in […]

BBC announces more iPlayer commissions

The BBC has announced a raft of new programming commissions that will appear exclusively on its online catch-up service, the iPlayer. The new iPlayer originals include nine original comedy shorts that will go live on the iPlayer on February 13 to mark Valentine’s Day, featuring comedians Bill Bailey and Matt Berry among others. The BBC […]

BBC reports record breaking Christmas for iPlayer

The BBC reported a record-breaking 227 million programme requests for its iPlayer catch-up service during December, up 25% year-on-year. Revealing the most recent stats, head of TV content for BBC iPlayer Victoria Jaye said that Christmas week figures were also at a high this year with 54.5m requests logged. Meanwhile, New Year’s Day was “the […]

UK leads video apps market, Netflix in first

Consumers in the UK are the most voracious in Europe when it comes top downloading video content apps, and the Netflix app is the most downloaded in the territory. In terms of number of downloads, Netflix was ranked ahead of the BBC iPlayer (pictured), YouTube and ITV Player apps, which occupied second, third and fourth […]

BBC Trust to launch BBC Three consultation

The BBC Trust is due to launch a public consultation next month about plans to close youth-skewing network BBC Three as a broadcast channel, turning it into an online-only offering. The BBC’s governing body said it has now received detailed of proposals from the BBC Executive about its plans to shut down the linear BBC […]