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BBC One, Two Going Live Online


BBC One, Two Going Live Online

I've said it before and looking at the current trend I'll say it again: the BBC is really doing some brilliant things with its online offerings. The latest move? BBC One and BBC Two are, as of the 27th, going to be available for streaming over the Internet at the same time as being broadcast via more traditional means.

In the words of BBC Vision Director, Jana Bennett: "The launch of BBC One and BBC Two online completes our commitment to make our portfolio of channels available to watch on the Internet. From 27 November licence fee payers will be able to watch BBC programmes, live, wherever they are in the UK on their computers, mobile phones and other portable devices."

This isn't exactly a new idea for the BBC. BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News, CBBC and CBeebies are already available as simulcasts (to use the preferred buzzword). However, that's not in any way going detract from the joy that being able to watch Murder She Wrote and Diagnosis Murder while I'm working will bring! Any drop in content over the coming weeks will be pure coincidence, I assure you.

If I have one criticism it is this: ITV has been doing the same thing for ages now. Why the delay, BBC?


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Tommy K

November 19, 2008, 9:07 pm

does anyone know if this means match of the day will be available online?


November 19, 2008, 9:43 pm

Referring back to Riyad's editorial (http://www.trustedreviews.c... its a shame that you can't input a valid TV licence number to get access anywhere in the world. I'm pretty sure other people in the world would pay the licence fee to get access to the BBCs content.

LuCiPh33 1

November 19, 2008, 9:49 pm

It does say "licence payers". Does this mean you'll have to enter your licence number it to access this or something?


November 19, 2008, 10:12 pm

@LuCiPh33R - no, it's done by working out if you're UK based or not and then assuming you have a valid licence.

Martin Leventon

November 19, 2008, 11:34 pm

Is this streamed with a decent quality ? The problem with ITVs online casting is the quality. Has been a bit hard telling if a dart has gone in the right bed.


November 20, 2008, 11:00 am

agree with Simon, I work all over the world & wish I could access BBC content like i-player. I've even tried spoofing with proxy servers to no avail, I wish the BBC would allow us to register our licence details & obtain a password to access these services.I live by myself so I'm paying a licence fee even though I'm away more than I'm home so I'm paying for something that I'm not using all the time. I have the same problem with car tax, wish there was a pay as you use system for licence fees!.

Bryan Kerr

November 20, 2008, 5:24 pm

I don't have a TV license because I don't have a TV. I do however have an internet connection and a laptop. The rules on the TV license's website say that "you do not require a license unless you have equipment that can receive TV as it is broadcast live". Up until this announcement I did not need a license. Does this mean that anyone who owns a computer and has an internet connection will need a license even if they never watch the live stream? Presumably the answer is yes, as you are not allowed to have a TV that you do not switch on. When I contacted the TV licensing authority they could not answer this.

Perhaps some sort of registration as mentioned in previous posts would help get round this?


November 20, 2008, 5:55 pm

Shame you don't enter your license, as I too would like to use it anywhere in the world but also I'm not keen on folks not paying the fee in the UK just getting a free ride.


November 22, 2008, 1:21 am

Here is an analogy. I don't want to spend my money on a gold watch, because it's not very functional and I can think of better things to do with my money and time. So I don't buy one, but I wouldnt' mind if I was given one for free.

If the BBC now starts trying to impose tv license fee on every household in uk with internet but no tv, it's analogous to forcing a gold watch upon someone who wouldn't have bought one and forcing them to pay for it.

I've never liked how the TV license people operate, and frankly I wouldn't be surprised if this was their way of trying to raise (unlost) revenue, presumably to buy another gold watch for themselves.

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