BBC iPlayer is preparing to scare the bejesus out of ISPs and other broadcasters alike, as well as stir moral outrage across the UK, by extending the length of time that TV shows are available to watch online.
The seven-day limit is set to be blown out of the water on 13th September by a process that they call “series stacking” but what everyone else would call archiving, having a library or just giving away more stuff for free and for longer.
Naturally, this isn’t a case of saying that all programmes will be available forever but neither is there a specific time limit either. So long as a series is still being broadcast, then users will be able to go back, however many weeks, to get to the beginning and watch all the character development as it happened. I take it that doesn’t include going back to the days of Ali’s Cabs and the Dagmar in Eastenders but I’d be interested to see where Auntie draws the line.
However they run it, you can bet it stirs up more chat about the license fee but frankly I don’t give a toss. I’d happily double it if it meant getting the ads off the other channels too.
iPlayer (via T3)