BBC iPlayer aims to be number 1 streaming service

By Nathaniel Dalby - Thu 12th Jan 2017 News

BBC Director General has big plans for the streaming service. 

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BBC iPlayer is due to begin a reinvention in order to become the “number 1” streaming service, Tony Hall has said. 

The Director General of the BBC said that he wanted to “reinvent broadcasting for a new generation” with a number of key changes.

Lord Hall claimed that, by 2020, the iPlayer would be the place to go for TV streaming.

“We need it to make the leap from a catch-up service to a must-visit destination in its own right.”

The service may look to incorporate full series to stream at the same time they are shown on television, in a bid to catch up with services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Box sets have been attempted on the iPlayer before, with programmes such as Peter Kay’s Car Share being made available all at once. 

Lord Hall added that the BBC needed to change its dynamic since the media landscape has become so different. 

“(The media landscape) has changed beyond all recognition - it's more global and more competitive.

“Our goal, even in the face of rapid growth by our competitors, is for iPlayer to be the number one online TV service in the UK."

BBC iPlayer is now entering its 10th year, with the service starting off as revolutionary and now part of a wide range of streaming and catch-up services.

Source: BBC News