BBC extends trial of downloadable content


The BBC is looking to extend its trial of downloads from its archive, jumping from 5,000 to 20,000 volunteers.

If you sign up for the trial, you will get access to TV and radio archive programmes, plus scripts and programme notes. The final aim is to allow viewers to download anything from the BBC’s archive – although the trial limits this to 1,000 of content.

According to Ashley Highfield, director of future media and technology at the BBC, the BC’s iPlayer will be re-written for Macs and set-top boxes in future. But with Apple, that’s not because “proprietary and closed framework for digital rights management gives us headaches”.

The archive trial is separate from the iPlayer, which gives access to the last seven days of programming. A spokeswoman for the BBC said it had already been inundated with requests to take part in the trial, but if you’re a woman living in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland please get in touch.

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Via The Register

Dave Walker
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