In a speech this morning, BBC Director General Tony Hall said that the BBC’s vision for the new iPlayer will focus on three key areas:
- A greater range of content
- New ways of watching BBC TV shows
- Innovative new features
- Pop-up channels - around specific events or festivals such as Glastonbury, in effect an online version of the temporary BBC Red Button channel that went live during this year's Glastonbury.
- Online channels - such as Radio 1 TV, Arts or Science. It's not known if this will incorporate content from the BBC/Arts Council joint venture The Space.
- Exclusive content - building on the success of comedy pilots for BBC Three
- The ability to create your own evening schedule - with access to more content before it is on TV.
- An extended window to watch increasing from seven to 30 days - but this is subject to BBC Trust approval.
- Ability to pause and resume TV viewing from one screen to another.
- More relevant and personalised recommendations.
According to the BBC, the BBC iPlayer will introduce more programming made exclusively for online audiences for much-loved BBC shows like EastEnders, Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing, and themed collections from the BBC’s Archive.