The BBC is planning an iPlayer which contains pretty much the entire history of the corporation’s shows.
Speaking to Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday (November 7), the BBC’s director general Tony Hall revealed that with more and more people shifting to streaming platforms, he wants to launch the BBC’s very own paid-for on-demand service.
“We are looking at ways… to allow people to access the back catalogue [in a way] that costs something because you pay for that access,” Hall said (via Radio Times).
“The charter agreement allows us to experiment with those sort of services. At the moment the way to access programmes like Dad’s Army or EastEnders is through UKTV and we need to look at ways of doing what we do there, through UK TV linear services, into an on-demand environment.”
It’s still all very early days, but Hall did add that he wants iPlayer to become “the place you go for your complete experience with the BBC”.
Of course, the corporation did try a similar paid-for service with BBC Store – where you would buy episodes or series of a show and download them – but it closed down earlier this year after only 18 months.