BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies to be simulcast online
BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies will be available to watch live
online from 16 September 2008, Jana Bennett, Director of BBC
Vision, announced today.
The channels join BBC Three and BBC News which are already
simulcast, and can be watched online via their channel sites
on bbc.co.uk through a wide range of internet enabled
They can also be watched through BBC iPlayer.
Jana Bennett said: "The launch of three more BBC Television
channels further fulfils the BBC's commitment to increasing
the accessibility of our content to licence fee payers.
"Although still a relatively new phenomenon, watching
programmes online is growing; now through simulcasting our
channels, viewers can find and watch programmes as they are
broadcast as well as having the option of catching up with
Recent research by Ofcom (The Communications Market 2008, August) suggests that consumers of all ages
are showing a growing interest in accessing audio-visual
content online, with 17% of those with
broadband watching TV on the internet, up by eight percentage
points on 2006.
This trend is particularly apparent in
younger people who tend to watch less television.
per cent of those aged between 15 and 24 claimed they used
the internet for "watching TV programmes" – up by sixteen
percentage points in 12 months.
Simon Nelson, Controller of Multiplatform and Portfolio, said: "Simulcasting online is another step in making our channels
true multiplatform brands accessible to audiences wherever
they want and providing lots of opportunities to let them
discover a wealth of related content through the channel and
Notes to Editors
Simulcasting BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies is being launched as
part of a 12-month evaluation period.
Video on the
channel sites is GEOIP restricted so cannot be viewed from
Anyone in the UK watching or recording television
as it is being broadcast/simulcast on any device – including
mobiles, laptops and PCs – must, by law, be covered by a valid
Live streams of the channels may be accessed via bbc.co.uk