The BBC is Redesigning iPlayer While Netflix Burns its Platform

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC has released a rather sad-faced report about the future of itself, in which it warns that the skyrocketing budgets and omnipresent online threat of the US media giants are putting the very concept of the BBC and all the British content it puts out into the world at risk.

In a rather grand conclusion that says the BBC is more important than ever [citation needed], the corporation explains the problem with: "The market around us is increasingly dominated by US-based global media giants. Their business models and huge budgets mean we are increasingly being squeezed out of an ever more competitive environment. British creativity and British content are now under real threat," warning that its income is falling and it's therefore less able to fund the production of British content, like all that faux investigative rubbish on BBC Three. Where would we be without that?

Netflix and YouTube are the villains, it says, with the report saying that 82 per cent of children head to YouTube for their on-demand content, with around 50 per cent streaming CG shite on Netflix -- and just 29 per cent heading to the BBC's reliable old iPlayer. Hence the bosses want to somehow turn iPlayer into more of an exciting destination for kids, perhaps by making thousands of hours of videos of imbeciles screaming at FIFA boxes or adding a category for ISIS beheading clips [ideas ours]. "More personalisation" seems to be what the BBC thinks we want of a future iPlayer redesign, along with additional live material.

"Reinventing radio" is one other way the BBC hopes to keep itself relevant, because, it says, for the first time ever late last year, 15-34-year-olds listened more to streaming music than all BBC Radio output added together, streaming five hours of material versus just 4.5 hours of radio. So the BBC's radio department is metaphorically on fire as well. [BBC [PDF] via Engadget]