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i-Player is for all says BBC

September 15, 2009

Nearly a year after the BBC first offered its iPlayer to rival UK broadcasters, none of which have joined, now, at IBC, Erik Huggers has declared open door for international TV companies.

Huggers told the conference: "It is not a concept of aggregation, but federation. It's about making sure each of the broadcasters around the world can continue to have a direct relationship with their users."

Mindful of James Murdoch's recent attack on BBC imperialism, he said the results of BBC investment in iPlayer "are going to be made available to public and private companies so that they don't have to invent the iPlayer or look at how to deliver free-to-air."

Opening up to foreign broadcasters would require approval of the BBC Trust.

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