The BBC has today announced that the BBC Trust has approved proposals from the BBC Executive to extend the catch-up window for programmes on BBC iPlayer from seven to 30 days.
Users of BBC iPlayer are now able to stream or download for 30 days after they are first broadcast, rather than the current seven days. Providing BBC iPlayer users with an even longer periods of time to watch their favourite programmes on mobile devices, set-top boxes and personal computers.
The decision to extend the BBC iPlayer catch-up service time-limit follows a formal assessment of the plans and advice from off, on the potential impact of the proposals on others, explains the BBC. BBC Trust Vice Chairman Diane Coyle said:
“With an average of 10.7 million programme requests every day, BBC iPlayer is highly valued by audiences and has been a phenomenal success since it launched six years ago. It is important that iPlayer continues to evolve and meet the expectations of users.
We have conducted a thorough assessment of these proposals, including taking independent advice from Ofcom, and concluded that this is a sensible move that will benefit audiences and provide a clearer and more consistent catch-up service.”
Jump over to the BBC Trust press release for more information.
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