BBC programmes could be available to watch via iPlayer for at least 12 months after they’re first shown on TV under plans unveiled by BBC bosses today.
The broadcaster is also considering making selected series box sets available and boosting the amount of content from the BBC archive that can be streamed.
The proposals form part of the BBC’s response to 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.”
Industry stakeholders and other interested parties are being invited to comment on the plans which will ultimately have to be approved by Ofcom before the broadcaster can take a final decision on whether to implement them.