The BBC and BT have revealed plans to bring BBC iPlayer, the public service broadcaster’s video-on-demand service, to the telco’s IPTV platform, BT Vision.
BT Vision will introduce BBC iPlayer over the next five months, in a phased release starting in early December. All BT Vision customers will be able to access the service by April 2011. Once complete, the service can be accessed by selecting BBC iPlayer from BT Vision’s programme menu.
This will be the full BBC iPlayer package, offering almost all of the TV and radio programmes available online through a simple and intuitive BBC iPlayer-branded application, eventually replacing the BBC content on BT Vision’s existing 50-hour ‘TV Replay’ package, which offers a small selection of BBC TV programmes.
According to Daniel Danker, BBC General Manager for Programmes and On Demand, October was a record month for BBC iPlayer, with a total of 139 million programme requests on computers, TVs and mobiles, with over 20 million of those requests being delivered to TVs.