The BBC Is Now Allowed To Keep Your Favourite Programmes On iPlayer For A Year

You can currently only catch up on shows you've missed for 30 days.

The BBC’s plan to extend iPlayer’s catch-up window to 12 months has been approved by Ofcom, subject to “certain conditions and guidance”.

At present, programmes can only stay on iPayer for 30 days after they air but the new plan will see the standard become 12 months.

All children’s programming will also be available for five years under the proposals.

Killing Eve is one of the shows that will now be avaliable for longer
Killing Eve is one of the shows that will now be avaliable for longer

Ofcom said the proposed changes could deliver significant public value over time and could increase choice and availability of public service broadcast content, helping ensure the BBC remains relevant in the face of changing viewing habits.

However, the watchdog added it remains concerned about the competitive challenges it would create, particularly for other public service broadcasters’ video-on-demand services, such as the ITV Hub and 4OD.

A statement said: “While we have concluded that the public value justifies the adverse impact on fair and effective competition we have identified, and the BBC can proceed with its plans, this is subject to certain conditions and guidance.

“Our conditions will help ensure that the new BBC iPlayer delivers future public value, and will mitigate risks to fair and effective competition.”

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The BBC has already announced it will put box sets and new shows commissioned specially for the service on the new streaming platform BritBox.

The streamer will also feature content from ITV when it launches in the autumn.

Shows such as Love Island, Gentleman Jack, Gavin & Stacey, Victoria, Happy Valley, Broadchurch, Les Miserables, The Office and Benidorm will go on the service.

A BBC spokesperson said: “It’s great news that we will be able to proceed with our plans to transform BBC iPlayer. By making shows available for longer and by expanding choice, we’ll be able offer so much more to the public.

“We’ll continue to engage with the whole industry both directly and where appropriate via Pact (trade association for independent film and TV companies) in order to deliver these changes to audiences.”


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