TV fans could soon be able to re-watch their favourite BBC programmes for up to 12 months after they’re first shown on TV under new plans to revamp the broadcaster’s iPlayer catch-up and streaming service.
Published today for public consultation, the plans also include proposals to make selected series box sets available and boosting the amount of content from the BBC archive that can be streamed.
The BBC is hoping the changes, which are subject to approval from TV regulator Ofcom and its own Board, would help meet audience expectations that iPlayer offers a level of service similar to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, where content is available long-term.
Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, said: “We know that in the future BBC iPlayer will be the main way many people will want to watch the BBC. It already is for many younger viewers.
“These changes are about ensuring we continue to deliver value for money to licence fee payers – and meet expectations of viewers who want to watch full series whenever they choose to.
“It’s also important that regulation recognises that there should be a level playing field for public service broadcasters, to ensure British stories are being told for British audiences.”