It has been announced that audiences will be able to enjoy their favourite BBC TV and radio programmes on BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio for 30 days.
Launched in December 2007 as a simple catch-up website, BBC iPlayer has helped pioneer TV on demand by offering audiences the opportunity to watch selected BBC programmes for up to seven days after broadcast.
“BBC iPlayer pioneered online viewing,” comments Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC. “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.”
Speech and music programmes from across the BBC’s portfolio of national radio stations (such as BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2) and BBC radio stations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are now available to stream for 30 days on BBC iPlayer Radio. The 30 day availability for programmes from regional radio stations and the World Service will roll-out over the coming weeks.
Downloading TV programmes on BBC iPlayer will also move to a 30 day catch-up window shortly afterwards.