According to today’s Media Guardian the BBC is to use popular shows, including Doctor Who, to accelerate plans to broadcast programmes and channels via the internet.
The paper quotes Jana Bennett, director of television at the corporation, as saying “The wake-up call was also the much anticipated Doctor Who arriving on people’s screens over the internet via a leaked DVD from Canada.”
The announcement follows the successful offing of “pre-television” episodes of BBC3 comedy The Mighty Boosh.
The paper also states that producers are being asked to consider new ways of viewing such as “on the move through mobile phones and Sony’s new PSP portable device. The new series of Doctor Who, now being filmed in Cardiff, has several such ideas at its heart, said Ms Bennett.”
The BBC news site has now confirmed the plans saying that “the corporation was aiming to simulcast a channel permanently but would restrict it to UK viewers only.”