BBC iPlayer since 2007 has grown steadily, now with over seven million TV and radio programme requests a day. Since its launch most programmes have had a seven day catch-up window, now auntie beeb say that by increasing programme availability to thirty days audiences can ‘watch and listen to more of the BBC content they love’, which is possibly pointing out the obvious – but ‘why not’ as Barry Norman used to oft say.
Thirty day catch-up arrives just in time for an autumn schedule packed with exciting programmes such as epic gangster drama Peaky Blinders, the much-anticipated second series of hit BBC drama The Fall, Human Universe and Detectorists on BBC iPlayer and drama such as The Archers, Once and Future King, Good Omens and comedy Just A Minute on BBC iPlayer Radio, all of which will benefit from this extended availability period. – BBC
Unavailable content has been monitored by the corporation with BBC One series Happy Valley just one example that saw a huge 154,000 searches in the three weeks after it became un-viewable on BBC iPlayer. Speech and music programmes from across the BBC’s portfolio of national radio stations and BBC radio stations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are now available to stream for thirty days on BBC iPlayer Radio. The longer availability for programmes from regional radio stations and the World Service will roll-out over the coming weeks.
BBC iPlayer pioneered online viewing. It is recognised as not just the first, but the best service of its type in the world. It offers amazing value. But we want to go further. That’s why we began reinventing iPlayer earlier this year with a brand new redesign and features. Extending the catch up window to 30 days now makes the best value on-demand service even better. We have a fantastic autumn schedule and the public will now have more opportunities to watch the shows they love. – Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC