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      BBC battles Sky over the future of TV on demand

      BBC battles Sky over the future of TV on demand
      BBC executives are going into battle against Sky over claims that the corporation’s programmes are too hard to find on the new flagship set-top box, Sky Q.

      The BBC is understood to be lobbying the Government and Ofcom for new rules to force Sky, Virgin Media and other pay-TV providers to boost the prominence of the main public service channels on the main menu screen of their services.

      The campaign is based on fears that as a new generation of set-top boxes put more emphasis on on-demand programming and internet-based video, the BBC’s share of audiences will decline.

      While the iPlayer is Britain’s most popular on-demand service, the BBC’s overall share of viewing is higher in traditional broadcast television, where it enjoys guaranteed top slots in electronic programming guides.

      Now the BBC is urging for the Government to extend the laws that underpin its top billing to Sky Q and other pay-TV services that relegate traditional broadcasting in favour of box sets, exclusive programming and film rentals.

      As well as Sky and Virgin Media, which is planning to launch its own next generation set-top box at the end of the year, the BBC aims to impose obligations on US technology giants targeting the living room. Amazon, for instance, has been holding talks with broadcasters to create a bundle of channels to make its Prime Instant Video service a more credible alternative to a satellite or cable subscription.

      In a recent speech, Alice Webb, the BBC’s director of children’s, said there was “a war for the home screen” and that changes should be made in forthcoming Digital Economy Bill to help the corporation maintain its prominence.

      She said: “Now actually the EPG can be buried three or four clicks away even, because you’ve got all your different tiles, different apps and things like that.

      “It’s a conversation that I think we are keen to be part of to see actually what do we all feel about that.”

      Sky said that it believes Sky Q is compliant with regulations designed to protect public service broadcasters.

      The debate highlights the pressures faced by the BBC as younger viewers increasingly watch programmes on demand via the internet. It is also facing calls from Sky to allow pay-TV operators to curate and distribute its programmes outside the iPlayer app.

      Industry sources said Lord Hall, the director general of the BBC, held talks last week with Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch over the issue. The summit follows comments in the Government’s recent White paper on the future of the BBC that “the BBC’s approach to where and how it shares services and content will need to keep pace with where and how audiences consume content”.

      The Government said: “The BBC needs to consider how it can continue to make services and content available to viewers who use other platforms and applications to watch content.”

      It is understood that Lord Hall and Mr Darroch discussed as a first step the potential for live streams of BBC channels to be made available via the Sky Go mobile app. Sources said the BBC remains opposed to allowing pay-TV operators to distribute its programmes on demand outside the iPlayer, however.

      The BBC declined to comment.


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      Re: BBC battles Sky over the future of TV on demand

      Perhaps the BBC should then stop being the only on-demand supplier on Sky that automatically deletes downloaded programmes, sometimes within a matter of days or weeks, irrespective of whether or not they've actually been watched yet - I know I've deliberately been trying to avoid using the iplayer to download catch-up TV because I've been caught out too many times, downloading a full series so I can watch it in one or two sittings, only to discover by the time I get to that point, the first few episodes have auto-deleted. I've already paid to watch those programmes, I don't see why I should then have to pay again to either buy a few episodes separately or buy the boxset on DVD. I'd rather watch (or fast forward!!) through adverts.
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      Re: BBC battles Sky over the future of TV on demand

      Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
      Perhaps the BBC should then stop being the only on-demand supplier on Sky that automatically deletes downloaded programmes, sometimes within a matter of days or weeks, irrespective of whether or not they've actually been watched yet - I know I've deliberately been trying to avoid using the iplayer to download catch-up TV because I've been caught out too many times, downloading a full series so I can watch it in one or two sittings, only to discover by the time I get to that point, the first few episodes have auto-deleted. I've already paid to watch those programmes, I don't see why I should then have to pay again to either buy a few episodes separately or buy the boxset on DVD. I'd rather watch (or fast forward!!) through adverts.
      They're probably just enforcing the length of time you'd have access to them on the iplayer.

      The only real way around it would be to somehow make a DRM free copy before it expires both legal and possibly illegal....something I'm sure the BBC is delighted by even though ALLOT of their programmes I like never see an official release.

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      Re: BBC battles Sky over the future of TV on demand

      Now there is a use for all those VHS tapes!!

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      Re: BBC battles Sky over the future of TV on demand

      Apparently BBC Iplayer streams at 720P HD intended for the Apple Iphone are not (currently) DRM protected. Various programmes are available that can download this stream in .flv format. After conversion to .mp4 the videos can easily be loaded on to USB memory sticks and played back on most modern digital TVs.

     

     

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