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?