The BBC has set up its own vintage stall, and has placed its old TV programmes up for sale. You can now buy digital copies of old shows and series through BBC Store, which can be streamed on your phone, computer, tablet or smart TV.
The service launches with a load of classics, including Dad’s Army, Morecambe & Wise and Fawlty Towers. And Blackadder. And Absolutely Fabulous. I could go on. BBC Store's also packed with more modern content, including Doctor Who and Luther, and the BBC says it will expand the collection every day. I’m crossing my fingers for Messiah, all things Attenborough and every episode of Great British Menu there’s ever been. It'll surely only be a matter of time before a certain Mr Brent lands too.
The new marketplace is essentially a modern version of the BBC’s DVD business, and shouldn’t affect how iPlayer works. Single episodes start at £1.89, with six-part series typically priced around the £7.99 mark. You'll also be able to choose between SD and HD options.
“The licence fee covers the cost of making most programmes available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after they’ve been on TV, which will remain the case," said head of iPlayer Dan Taylor-Watt in a blog post. "What we’re adding is the ability to enjoy BBC programmes after the 30 days are up – by buying them to keep and watch whenever, wherever you like.”
What are you holding out for?