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    Posted by Sam (U15466226) on Friday, 8th February 2013

    How come the BBC iPlayer only allows programmes for up to 7 days, yet ITV player has them for a month? Is it a copyright issue?

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    Posted by thedogcody (U14659366) ** on Friday, 8th February 2013

    It is rights issue and the BBC has more tv channels and radio stations-including local radio so that many more programmes "to repeat" than a commercial tv station so it is probably a capacity issue as well

    There is an I-player faq here

    iplayerhelp.external...

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    Posted by BooBoo2 (U1168789) on Friday, 8th February 2013


    .... and why are things like Crimewatch not added to the library. Surely that sort of programme needs as bigger audience as it can get through whatever means.

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Friday, 8th February 2013

    How come the BBC iPlayer only allows programmes for up to 7 days, yet ITV player has them for a month? Is it a copyright issue?  This is not down to the BBC. Nor a rights issue.

    The time limits were set by the BBC Trust with regard to comments from the competition commission about not allowing the BBC an unfair advantage over the other channels.
    This of course was set in the early days of iPlayer and since the competition has not only caught up but exceeded the BBC iPlayer service in these areas of on demand availability, it would seem appropriate that it should get a long overdue review.

    You could send a mail to the BBC Trust with your opinions on the matter, I suppose if enough did, they might consider looking at it again. Don't hold your breath though.

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Friday, 8th February 2013


    .... and why are things like Crimewatch not added to the library. Surely that sort of programme needs as bigger audience as it can get through whatever means. 
    Now this could well be a rights issue, although there are other factors, live programmes often have to be edited and certain clips where people are involved who might not have given consent, or were unavailable to give consent cannot be used. Which sometimes means the whole programme is not made available just to be on the safe side.

    Again in the early days of iPlayer when things were not exactly clear cut , it often meant a programme like Crimewatch could be available for a few hours or days and then suddenly get pulled as someone objected and/or the subject matter caused some legal wrangling as the story unfolded.

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by yellowcat (U218155) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Could you not download the programmes while they are available so that you can view them at a later date?

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Saturday, 23rd February 2013

    Could you not download the programmes while they are available so that you can view them at a later date?   You can download programmes but they have inbuilt expiry dates, depending on which format you have chosen, dictates how long.
    I think the longest used to be 30 a day "licence" not sure if it still is.

    Have a look at the iPlayer help pages, I think someone linked them earlier, if that doesn't help try googling, that can often give you unexpected choices.

    smiley - friedegg





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    Posted by yellowcat (U218155) on Sunday, 24th February 2013

    You can download programmes but they have inbuilt expiry dates, depending on which format you have chosen, dictates how long. 

    Oh right. I am sure that I have watched downloaded iPlayer programmes a lot older than that, I did not realise that they were meant to have an inbuilt expiry date.

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    Posted by Jeff (U13971268) on Sunday, 24th February 2013

    If it was, for example, a six-part series, the entire series was kept until the final episode expired. This used to be the case - I don't know if it still is.

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    Posted by yellowcat (U218155) on Sunday, 24th February 2013

    Not sure, I just checked some programmes from 2011 and they would still play, they had been transferred to DVD though maybe doing that removed the expiry date.

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Sunday, 24th February 2013

    If it was, for example, a six-part series, the entire series was kept until the final episode expired. This used to be the case - I don't know if it still is. 

    Yeah I think that was series stacking where they would keep the whole series available up to 7 days after the final episode was shown. Not all series were available only some, again that might have changed.

    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by stirling (U13732738) on Sunday, 24th February 2013

    and why are things like Crimewatch not added to the library. 

    I would imagine it has something to do with legal process. If for example there is an arrest in one of the cases featured and that leads to a completely new line of inquiry to that shown on the programme then the info requested becomes redundant.

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    Posted by BBC auto-messages (U294) on Sunday, 24th February 2013

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