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BBC outlines future plans for iPlayer

The BBC has today unveiled its vision for the next generation BBC iPlayer, evolving its popular video on-demand service for audiences in the future. The new service will see it move from a broadcast TV catch-up service to the BBC’s primary digital entertainment destination.

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
In the future, BBC iPlayer will experiment with:
  • 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.


  1. BBC also is to do an "BBC Store". An iTunes/Google Play like Marketplace to "buy" programmes digitally!

    BBC needs to try and get films and international content (e.g. Family Guy, Wilfred) on iPlayer!

    On Day 31 or once an season has ended the programme/series should go on the BBC Store to buy (or rent)


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