The BBC Trust has this morning announced that it has approved proposals from the BBC Executive to extend the catch-up window for programmes on BBC iPlayer from seven to 30 days.
The decision follows a formal assessment of the significance of the plans and advice from Ofcom on the potential impact of the proposals on others.
The catch-up extension will mean that programmes will be available on iPlayer to stream or download for 30 days after they are first broadcast, rather than the current seven days. A small selection of content can already be viewed past the usual seven day catch-up window: the so-called "series stacking" function for TV programmes will be withdrawn as part of the changes.
The changes are expected to be implemented from this summer, according to the BBC Trust.
The Trust’s assessment, published today, looked at the likely impact on audiences and on the market; the novelty and duration of proposals; and their financial implications. The Trust also took account of the advice from Ofcom.