The BBC has announced that BBC One and BBC Two will be available to watch live online from next Thursday, 27th November.
BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, CBeebies, and BBC News are already available. According to the director of BBC Vision, Jana Bennett, this “completes our commitment to make our portfolio of channels available to watch on the internet”.
Officially, the entire portfolio of channels is only viewable in the UK, thanks to limiting which IP addresses can access content to those believed to be in the British Isles, but we all know that it’s possible to get around those kind of technical restrictions.
Additionally, only those with a valid TV licence are allowed to watch the content, because it’s being streamed live even though you may be watching it on a PC and not your TV.
I’m not going to go into the whole licensing debate again, except to say that as the BBC’s programming becomes available in more ways, with more potential for other ways of generating revenue, it puts more pressure on a review of the total cost or viability of the TV Licence.
This is a BBC-only project, but as services like Project Kangaroo arrive, with the mixing of commercial and corporation programming, plus continued recycling of BBC programmes on the likes of Dave and GOLD, there would seem to be plenty of opportunity for the BBC to make money in other ways.
Anyway, the good news is that you can watch most of the BBC’s programming online — great if your Freeview box is on the blink, or you live with someone that hogs the remote control unit all the time.
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