The BBC is reportedly considering offering Channel 4 and ITV the free and open use of its iPlayer online video technology. The offer will form part of its response to the public service broadcasting review being conducted by Ofcom.
The idea is being considered as the BBC works out its proposal for partnerships with other public service broadcasters as it seeks to head off the possibility of having to share the licence fee. BBC insiders believe that its iPlayer technology is better than that developed in the private sector and that it is set to become the industry standard.
The move to share technology would mean giving ITV and Channel 4 access to a BBC high-speed digital post-production network, which the corporation believes will help reduce programme-making costs.