Changes ahead for BBC iPlayer

Janet Harris

September 23, 2009

There have been calls for the BBC to start charging for its iPlayer catch up TV service, which aren’t likely to be popular with licence fee payers as, in effect, they will be paying twice.

Lorraine Heggessey, chief executive of TV production company Talkback Thames, made the suggestion at a BBC event.

The idea of paying a small fee for on-demand service has also been suggested by Tony Cohen, chief executive of Fremantle Media, as a potential source of new revenues in the commercial TV sector.

The sector has been suffering badly from a loss advertising revenues, so any new ways of boosting income will be welcomed with open arms.

Another change is also on the card for the iPlayer service – sharing it with third parties.

After being contacted by international broadcasters keen to share the technology, the BBC announced at the IBC even that third parties will be allowed to run their own version of the iPlayer, subject to approval by the BBC Trust.


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