31 January 2007

BBC's download plans get backing

Looks like there will be alternative sources for SD and HD programmes while we wait for terrestial broadcast to begin (Starhub Cable already has 2 subscription channels).

The BBC's plans will allow viewers to download shows like Spooks
TV shows like Doctor Who are expected to be available for download later this year after the BBC Trust gave initial approval to the BBC's on-demand plans.
Under the proposals, viewers will be able to watch popular programmes online or download them to a home computer up to a week after they are broadcast.

But the Trust imposed tough conditions on classical music, which could stop a repeat of the BBC's Beethoven podcasts.

Full approval of the on-demand plans will follow a two month consultation.

After that, the BBC will be able to launch its long-awaited iPlayer, a computer application which allows audiences to watch or download any programme from the last seven days.

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