In announcing his vision for the future of the BBC, Director-General Tony Hall today announced plans to launch a time shift service for BBC One and what is being described as the “next generation” of the BBC iPlayer.
While no details on the proposed launch of BBC One +1 are immediately available – including a timeframe for said launch or which platforms it would be carried on – DG Tony Hall noted that it was a move that the audience expected. “We’ll also look to launch a BBC One +1 channel, too – it’s what audiences expect, especially younger ones, and it means people can get more of what they’ve already paid for”, he said.
As for the next generation of the BBC iPlayer, a new vision was outlined that focuses on three key areas 1) a greater range of content 2) new ways of watching BBC TV shows and 3) innovative new features. Specifically plans being drawn up include ensuring more content premieres exclusively online (something the corporation has already trialled with BBC Three’s scripted comedy output and recent import Orphan Black); the launch of online channels such as Radio 1 TV, Arts or Science; the ability for users to create their own evening schedule, with access to more content before it is on TV; and extending the window that programming is available to 30 days (up from the current limit of 7 days), subject to approval from the BBC Trust.