BBC bringing live One and Two to the Internet

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bbc-one-bbc-two-logos.jpgThe 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.

BBC One
BBC Two

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Andy Merrett

4 comments

  • I would like to know how to watch BBC tv from abroad too. I have a British tv licence but as I am not in the UK all that much I am not getting good value from it

    • Probably not worth having the TV licence at all, though you’ll have to judge just how much you’re in the UK to work it out. I don’t think it’s going to be technically that easy to fool the BBC, not long-term anyway. Might just have to accept that the official route is closed – I’m sure you’ll find some other ways of getting hold of BBC programmes you really want to watch. 🙂

  • You’d need to find some way of fooling whatever service the BBC is using for GeoIP, and I don’t know how to do that.

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