BBC iPlayer gets go-ahead

TV programmes to be viewable online later this year.
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The BBC has been given the go-ahead to press on with plans for a TV-on-demand internet service later this year after The BBC Trust finally green-lighted the project.

Show such as Doctor Who, The Apprentice and EastEnders will be available for download up to seven days after they are first broadcast via the corporation’s iPlayer service. Users will then be able to store content on hard drive for 30 days. Around 15 per cent of the BBC’s total content is expected to be included in the service.

The scheme has been given the nod after 10,500 individuals and organisations responded to a public test.

The BBC reports that earlier this month BBC Future Media boss Ashley Highfield said the corporation was committed to rolling out the iPlayer on Windows PCs first of all, and then cable TV services, Apple Macs, and eventually Freeview boxes.

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