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February 25, 2008

BBC’s plan for VoD creates licence fear

by David Allen

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BBC’s plan for VoD creates licence fear<br />

Much has been spoken about the unrivalled success of the BBC’s iPlayer, there is no doubt that this success has led the BBC to think internet.

This move means that many more people are going to be able to access BBC programming via the internet and as there are large screen monitors available now this will mean that in theory these people will not need a TV licence.

However there are fears that because the BBC are venturing into the world of the Internet with Video on Demand (VoD), iTunes and even becoming a leading partner in a European based peer to peer service that will see BBC programming becoming available on torrents etc, that there may be moves to introduce the licence fee to cover broadband too.

But there is no doubt that the BBC has embraced the internet like no other organisation, which gives them the advantage over many other channels.

The idea that the BBC is a public broadcast service means that it is available wherever and whenever possible, and by using the internet this is just another way of allowing people to access BBC programming.

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  1. Regarding the Licence Fee, readers may be interested in this post about the iPlayer and the Licence Fee from Ashley Highfield:

    Comment by Nick Reynolds (editor, BBC Internet Blog) — February 25, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

  2. We should not be expected to pay a licence fee for ANYTHING the BBC does. Our money is used to make and broadcast programmes that licence payers in this country cannot even see!
    Scrap the fee and let the BBC compete like every other company

    Comment by John Smith — February 26, 2008 @ 7:33 am

  3. Thanks for the comment, Nick - got to admit, though, this is an issue that’s going to grow.

    It may not be causing nightmares yet, but the whole nature of broadcasting and viewing is completely changing.

    While the UK viewers certainly seem to be paying their way overall, the BBC may have unwittingly tapped into international markets to provide subsidised viewing.

    This is almost certainly going to require further attention in the future, IMO.

    Comment by Brian Turner — February 28, 2008 @ 10:38 am

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