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BBC set to reinvent iPlayer in bid to rival Netflix and Amazon Prime



BBC Director General, Tony Hall, is set to announce new plans to revamp the company's iPlayer service in a bid to become "the number one online TV service in the UK".

Hall will lay out his plans in a speech to BBC staff (via the EveningStandard), wherein he will explain the goal of doubling iPlayer users by the year 2020.

“iPlayer was the biggest revolution of the last Charter. Today it’s the number one video-on-demand service in the UK, reaching more people than any other,” he says.

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"Now we need it to make the leap from a catch-up service to a must-visit destination in its own right.

“Our goal, even in the face of rapid growth by our competitors, is for iPlayer to be the number one online TV service in the UK.

"That will mean doubling our reach, and quadrupling the time each person spends on it every week. And we want do it by 2020. That’s tough, but I know we can do it.”

The new direction is part of Hall's plan to "reinvent public broadcasting for a new generation," and will be announced alongside further changes to the BBC's news service.

In future, the BBC will deliver more “slow news” along with the “fast” breaking news, Hall is set to announce – which means we're likely to see more analysis appearing alongside BBC news reports.

The iPlayer service has been undergoing some changes of late, with the BBC making a TV licence mandatory for all users back in September last year.

Prior to the change, users without a licence could take advantage of the so-called iPlayer loophole, by watching shows on catch-up rather than live.

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Let us know what you think of the iPlayer's upcoming changes in the comments.


January 11, 2017, 3:57 pm

Best option would be to scrap the licence fee break up the BBC and sell it off


January 11, 2017, 5:40 pm

... and sell it off to just another media-mogul controlled outlet that charges a subscription to deliver adverts? The BBC is not without its flaws, but even so it is utterly brilliant.

Menorca Man

January 12, 2017, 9:48 am

The BBC could broaden their reach even further if it introduced an iPlayer subscription service for overseas expats. I, for one, would gladly pay for that!


January 13, 2017, 8:12 am

What's brilliant about the BBC? it's left-wing political bias because it recruits its staff through the clapped-out Guardian, or all the sleeze that has emanated from it over the last few years, A lot of the BBC's programming is old-fashioned and boring.


January 15, 2017, 10:18 pm

Yes that! Although not expats just "people who want to give them money to watch programmes legally where ever they live".

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