BBC iPlayer Shows Will be Available for 30 Days From the Summer

The seven-day limit on the BBC's iPlayer catch-up service is to be raised to 30 days from this summer, having finally had the extension approved by the BBC Trust. The Trust had to consider the "likely impact on audiences and on the market; the novelty and duration of proposals; and their financial implications," before approving the change. And probably the health effects of a month-long Eastenders marathon, too. [BBC] Read More >>

YouView Safe for a Further Five Years as BBC Pledges Continued Support

YouView's good to go for another five years after retaining the support and investment of all its major backers. Read More >>

BBC Licence Fee Model in Trouble as Labour Backs Decriminalising Non-Payment

Sources inside the governmental world suggest that Labour MPs are in agreement with a proposal by the coalition to decriminalise non-payment of the Licence Fee, a move that some think may signal the end of the BBC due to making it less of a crime to not bother paying the UK's annual telly tax. Read More >>

Noel Edmonds Wants to "Save" the BBC by Buying it and Running it for Profit

Noel Edmonds has gone public with a top secret plan he calls "Project Reith," which would see the ageless bearded man heading a consortium that would BUY the BBC and turn it private, running the entire thing as a profit-making company. Read More >>

Hands-On With the Brand New BBC iPlayer

A catch-up services innovator since first launching back in 2007, the BBC today revealed a brand new design for its industry-leading iPlayer streaming platform. Rolling out to mobile and desktop browsers today, I've spent some time playing with the new-look iPlayer in a desktop browser, and while its changes are subtle, they're all welcome. Read More >>

BBC Promises an Innovative, Yoof-Driven Future for iPlayer-Only BBC3

"What would it take to save BBC3?" That was the question on everyone's lips at this morning's new-look iPlayer unveiling. But for the BBC's Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, the channel doesn't "need saving". Rather, the Beeb executive thinks the online-only future for BBC3 is as bright as it's ever been. Read More >>

A Redesigned BBC iPlayer Launches Today

The BBC has today announced the launch of a revamped iPlayer catch-up service, rolling out today. Read More >>

BBC4 Could be Spared the Axe as BBC3 Cut Looms

The axe is yet to fall, but it seems that BBC4 has been given a stay of execution, with the youth-orientated light entertainment channel BBC3 instead set for the switch off as part of the Beeb's cost-cutting measures. Read More >>

Dear BBC, Please Don't Take My BBC4 Away From Me

Last night was one of the rare occasions when I got home from work at a reasonable time, didn't have any writing assignments to be getting on with and didn't have any beer to drink. Socially, of course. I got to watch some TV for the first time in weeks. The first channel I always look to? BBC4. Read More >>

Could the BBC be About to Axe BBC3 or BBC4?

The BBC has come under fire in recent years for its spiralling costs, and Director General Tony Hall may be forced to take drastic measures in order to find another £100m for its proposed £700m cuts programme. Youth-orientated BBC3 and arts and education-focussed BBC4 are both facing the chop. If one has to go, which would you save? [Daily Mail] Read More >>

BBC Boss Wants iPlayer Freeloaders to Prove They Have a TV Licence

People who avoid having a licence fee in order to do all their BBC watching on iPlayer should still be required to pay the charge, says director general Tony Hall, hinting that a PIN-protected iPlayer for fee-payers only may be on the cards. Read More >>

Amazon Prime Instant Video Saves BBC's Axed and Bloodied Ripper Street

BBC drama Ripper Street will be coming back for a third series, after Amazon stepped in with the money to recommission it. New episodes will stream first for Prime Video subscribers, before hitting the BBC "a few months later." Amazon also gets an exclusive on streaming the first two runs of the show in the UK. Read More >>

BBC News Presenter Falls into Oblivion in Live Camera Error

BBC Look North presenter Caroline Bilton sank out of sight live on air, as some sort of camera problem made it look as if her chair had fallen down a hole. The error was blamed on a "technical hitch," with co-presenter Leanne Brown doing a great job of not laughing at the bizarre spatial balls-up. [Metro] Read More >>

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Watch a Genius Crow Solve Eight Complex Puzzles in Perfect Order

Meet 007. Not Bond but the bird. But they might just be as smart as one another because the crow can use tools to figure out complex puzzles just as well as a spy. Here's a crow taking one of the most complex tests for the animal mind ever created. If he succeeds, the BBC says it'll be a world's first. Spoiler: he figures it out. Read More >>

BBC Trust Stresses Over YouView Subscriptions and Sky Channel Listing Fees

The BBC's core concept of providing free-to-air TV is being eroded by platforms like YouView, with the BBC Trust concerned that commercial companies are using the BBC's content as a way of convincing viewers to take out subscriptions. Read More >>

Time Travellers Review Eighth Series of Doctor Who Before it's Even Been Filmed

Ah, the joys of fake Amazon reviews. Joining the poo-based Gummy Bears thread in the hall of fame comes this bizarre series of reviews of the eighth series of the Doctor Who reboot, left by readers who claim to have come from the future where the episodes have actually been (a) filmed and (b) broadcast. Read More >>


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