TV fans can now buy their favourite BBC shows to watch on their PC, Mac and mobile devices direct from the broadcaster’s own digital download store.
Shows available at launch include Doctor Who, Poldark, The Fall, Top Gear and Sherlock and many more current and past hits will become available over the coming months.
Once bought purchases will appear in the new My Programmes area of BBC iPlayer where they can be watched as many times as the viewer wishes.
BBC Store will also have some exclusive content, including Top Gear: Greatest Hits, a ‘best of collection’ from the Clarkson, Hammond and May era which will be available to own first via the service.
Many programmes will be available to buy on the day after transmission including, for the first time, soaps such as EastEnders and Holby City, and some shows are getting their first ever commercial release, including the plays Alice, Schmoedipus, A Beast With Two Backs, Traitor, Follow The Yellow Brick Road and Doubledare by acclaimed dramatist Dennis Potter;
Marcus Arthur, MD, BBC Worldwide & ANZ, said, “We want BBC Store to do for digital ownership what BBC iPlayer did for catch up. BBC Store makes digital ownership really easy for audiences and means that we can begin opening up the incredible BBC television archive.”