BBC to stream shows on iPlayer ahead of scheduled broadcasts
The <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278895==http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/" rel='nofollow'>BBC Trust</a> is allowing the BBC to put some of its television programs onto the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278896==http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/" rel='nofollow'>BBC iPlayer</a> on-demand service before being broadcast. The 12-month trial will consist of up to 40 hours of assorted TV shows appearing on iPlayer ahead of their scheduled transmission through normal channels, as the corporation tests it's effectiveness. <br />
Statistics from <em>BBC News</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278901==http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21380666" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">claim</a> that there were 2.32 billion requests for TV shows and radio programming during 2012, up from the 1.94 billion received in 2011, with the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278897==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/05/15/uk.national.broadcaster.adds.online.simulcast.to.o lympic.coverage/" rel='nofollow'>Olympic events</a> of the summer playing a significant role in that increase. Previously, the BBC has shown a few shows online without an accompanying TV broadcast, but this was only performed for pilots and one-off shows that would not be broadcast normally. Though such a test will potentially increase the usage of iPlayer, the service currently only accounts for two percent of the corporation's total viewing figures.
The broadcasting of shows early as an online-exclusive brings the BBC in line with other streaming services that provide their own original content offerings, in order to improve their subscriber numbers. <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278898==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/07/03/analyst.says.netflix.bigger.than.any.cable.network/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Netflix</a> offers <em>Arrested Development</em> and, more recently, <em>House of Cards</em>, while <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278899==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/12/21/pilots.from.onion.daily.show.writers.under.scrutin y/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Amazon Studios</a> is producing a set of six comedy pilots, with the most popular shows being greenlit to a full series. <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278900==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/10/renews.exclusive.programming.from.france.uk/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Hulu</a> recently showcased three new shows, including a pair of comedies and a docu-series, at the same time as announcing a number of exclusive shows produced elsewhere.
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