The BBC is extending the catch up window on its television and radio services to 30 days. It follows April’s approval given by the BBC Trust.
Since its launch in 2007 the iPlayer has offered BBC TV shows a window of seven-days. After the broadcast window has been completed it can be anticipated that shows will be available from the BBC Store, when it launches in the UK later this year.
Initially the 30 day window will only apply to streaming, but it is anticipated that this will later be extended to downloads.
Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC said: “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.”
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.