‘Commercial Availability’ is the new name for the BBC’s guide to help audiences find programmes the BBC has commissioned and which are now accessible in commercial spaces.
This has been available for radio programmes for the last couple of years under the title ‘Buyer’s Guide’ directing audiences to audiobooks in the form of CDs and audio downloads. It has also featured links to commercially available BBC music sessions.
We have now changed the name to ‘Commercial Availability’ and extended it to include some television programmes available on DVD and Blu-ray disc. We intend to increase both the range of programmes and the range of formats over the coming months.
Commercial Availability forms part of a renewed commitment to increase access to BBC programmes.
‘Commercial Availability’ appears as a dedicated section on relevant programme pages. These are the automated pages that the BBC creates for every episode of every programme it broadcasts. Together they attract over 2.5 million visitors a week.
You can see an example of how this appears on the Gavin & Stacey programme page in the image below and further examples of television programme pages that include Commercial Availability here: Louis Theroux and Little Britain, and radio programme pages here: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Fry's English Delight.
During 2012, TV programme pages will be brought together with BBC iPlayer and the TV channel sites to form a single home for the BBC’s television programmes online. Commercial Availability links will then appear within this integrated product.
For radio, we intend to include all programmes that are available as audiobooks. We will also be providing links to music sessions that have been broadcast by the BBC.
For television, we are starting by providing information for products related to current and recently broadcast programmes.
There are two types of programme that are not yet in this guide:
To begin with, only TV programmes that have had a recent brand-related broadcast will appear. However, it is the BBC’s long-term ambition that this guide should become a key means for audiences to find all BBC commissioned programmes that are available in commercial spaces. We intend to expand the service gradually to make older titles available.
For radio programmes the service already includes links to listen online or buy CDs and audio downloads. Music sessions are available to stream with ads and as physical products and downloads.
For television programmes the service currently includes links to physical products: DVDs and Blu-ray discs. During 2012 we will begin to link to other TV distribution formats including download to own (DTO) and streaming video on demand (VOD).
The BBC regularly collects data on product release from participating distributors of BBC commissioned programmes. The distributor data is matched with information on current product availability provided by participating online suppliers. The available products from these suppliers are then displayed on the relevant television programme pages.
We have invited all relevant distributors of DVD and Blu-ray discs to take part. If you believe other distributors should be included please contact the BBC via email@example.com.
The BBC has published criteria for suppliers participating in the Commercial Availability guide and holds regular selection rounds. If you are an online supplier who would like to be considered please check you meet the selection criteria and, if so, use the online application form available there.
If you are an independent production company you do not have to do anything. The BBC collects all necessary data on products from distributors. If you want to confirm that your programmes are included please contact your distributor.
If you are a distributor who would like to be involved please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an online supplier who would like to participate, firstly check that you fulfil the BBC’s supplier selection criteria and if so, use the online application form available there.
First confirm that your programme falls into the categories currently included in the service.
If you believe your programme falls into these categories you should contact your distributor to confirm that they are taking part.
If you have any further questions contact the BBC at email@example.com
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