Public Interest Test consultation on BBC iPlayer proposals

For many viewers, and particularly younger audiences, BBC iPlayer is increasingly the front door to the BBC’s content offer
Date: 07.01.2019     Last updated: 08.01.2019 at 12.02
The BBC has opened a consultation on its proposals to improve the BBC iPlayer for licence fee payers.

The BBC’s Charter requires us to serve all audiences through the provision of impartial, high-quality and distinctive output and services which inform, educate and entertain. It is vital that the BBC can adapt to ensure viewers can watch these programmes at their convenience.

For many viewers, and particularly younger audiences, BBC iPlayer is increasingly the front door to the BBC’s content offer. The BBC must give value for all licence fee payers, as the viewing habits of audiences increasingly move from linear to on demand. The service that the BBC offers for the licence fee must adapt to reflect the expectations and demands of licence fee payers.

To reflect changing audience expectations and ensure the BBC can continue to serve audiences, the BBC is proposing to transform iPlayer, from primarily a catch-up and linear TV service into a destination for our audiences, where the BBC’s programmes will be available for longer, both for individual programmes and box sets.

We think the results of this new offering for our licence fee payers might look like:

  • Longer initial period of availability for all programmes of at least 12 months
  • Complete series box sets for selected titles made up of new returning series and their previous series
  • More archive content

The BBC’s regulator, Ofcom, considers these proposals constitute a material change to the BBC’s UK Public Services. The BBC Board is therefore undertaking a Public Interest Test - an evidence-based process used to assess the public value of a change and its impact on competition. This consultation forms part of that process.

The consultation document below sets out the proposals and the process in greater detail, including how to respond to the consultation.

The consultation is open to all, but we would particularly welcome views from industry stakeholders.

This consultation is open for six weeks from Monday 7 January to Friday 15 February 2019.

How to respond

Download the consultation document and guidance on how to respond.

Confidentiality statement

Please complete and return this confidentiality and data protection form with your response.