BBC sets out £120m partnership plan

Dec 11, 2008 | Uncategorized

The BBC has suggested a range of possible partnerships with other UK public service broadcasters which include the sharing of its iPlayer technology and the development of a free-to-view broadband internet-enabled digital TV set-top box, writes The Guardian. The proposals were included in the corporation’s final submission to Ofcom’s public service broadcasting review. Other measures […]

The BBC has suggested a range of possible partnerships with other UK public service broadcasters which include the sharing of its iPlayer technology and the development of a free-to-view broadband internet-enabled digital TV set-top box, writes The Guardian. The proposals were included in the corporation’s final submission to Ofcom’s public service broadcasting review. Other measures put forward include sharing regional news offices with ITV and scrapping fees for TV listings. Both ITV and BT have responded favourably to the BBC’s suggestion to create an internet-based Freeview box and the three organisations are now working in partnership to promote a common industry approach to the delivery of TV services over the internet.
Were the BBC to share its iPlayer service with other broadcasters, it could eventually develop into a general video-on-demand platform. The service has received over 237m viewing requests since its official launch last Christmas and the corporation has recently said that it intends to launch its new version 3 in the first half of 2009.
From The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk, 11/12/2008
BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk

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