BBC proposing to make iPlayer programmes available for 12 months

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The BBC is looking to step up its competition with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime by making all programmes available on its iPlayer streaming platform for at least 12 months.

The broadcaster has opened a consultation on its proposals to improve iPlayer in order “to reflect changing audience expectations and ensure the BBC can continue to serve audiences”.

iPlayer currently operates as more of a catch-up service but the BBC is looking to make it a more direct competitor to its streaming rivals.

Its proposals would also include more complete series box sets for selected titles made up of new returning series and also more archive content.

Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content, said: “We all know that in the future BBC iPlayer will be the main way many people will want to watch the BBC. It is already 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.”

The consultation is open for six weeks from Monday 7 January to Friday 15 February.

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