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BBC launches public consultation over iPlayer upgrades

Includes making programmes available for more than 12 months

The BBC has launched a public consultation on its “reinvention” of iPlayer, designed to compete with VoD services such as Netflix.

The proposals include making programmes available for at least 12 months, offering complete series box sets and more content from the BBC archive.

BBC Content director Charlotte Moore said: “We know that in the future BBC iPlayer will be the main way many people will want to watch the BBC. It already is for many younger viewers. These changes are about ensuring we continue to deliver value for money to licence fee payers – and meet expectations of viewers who want to watch full series whenever they choose to.

“It’s also important that regulation recognises that there should be a level playing field for public service broadcasters, to ensure British stories are being told for British audiences.”

The consultation, which closes on 15th February, marks the first formal step in the BBC’s Public Interest Test, as ordered by Ofcom last month.