BBC to offer "series stacking"
The BBC is to offer viewers the chance to catch up on every episode of some of their favourite series as "series stacking" is introduced to BBC iPlayer and programme sites from 13 September 2008.
Viewers will be able to enjoy any episode, after it has first been broadcast, for the duration of the entire series.
Highlights of the BBC's autumn schedule being series stacked include new BBC One dramas Merlin, Tess Of The D'Urbervilles, Little Dorrit and Survivors; the best of popular and insightful factual output from BBC Two such as The History Of Climate Change and Bruce Parry's Amazon; BBC Three comedy premiere Clone and other new and returning factual series; and Walking With Beeching and The Story Of Maths from BBC Four.
Series stacking extends the catch-up availability window for individual episodes beyond seven days after their transmission, giving viewers the opportunity to catch up on multiple episodes, up to a maximum of 13.
Simon Nelson, Controller of Multiplatform and Portfolio, BBC Vision, says: "Series stacking will really make the unmissable, unmissable.
"Now, you'll be able to join a series half way through following a friend's recommendation and catch up on all the previous episodes – or watch them all in one go over a weekend.
"Series stacking marks a key development in our strategy to let audiences view our programmes whenever and wherever they want."
Notes to Editors
1. The BBC Trust granted the Executive conditional approval to offer "series stacking" in April 2007.
2. In its approvals, the BBC Trust set an annual quota for series stacking of no more than 15% of all television content offered on-demand. The quota is to be applied as an average throughout the year. This guideline is to be reviewed after 24 months.
3. Series stacking applies only to the first run transmission of the individual episodes of a series on any BBC television public service.
4. Stacking will first be introduced to the BBC's online streaming catch-up services – BBC iPlayer – and the BBC's programme websites.
The feature will be made available for online downloads and within BBC iPlayer for TV platforms in due course.