March 05, 2014

BBC3 to go online only

The BBC's reporting it so it must be true!
BBC Three is to be dropped from TV schedules and will move online, as part of the BBC's cost-cutting plans.
It means shows such as Don't Tell The Bride and Pramface will only be available through the iPlayer, rather than Freeview, satellite or cable.

7 comments:

STEVE FELTHAM said...

It will still be on Sky and cable via the on demand service.

rob cronin said...

so they remove bbc3 but keep bbc4 ext

Nialli said...

From what I've read, and this still needs approval from the BBC Trust, BBC3 will cease to be a broadcast channel but its programming will still appear via BBC iPlayer.
BBC4 is not mentioned, but I guess may have a re-branding of some kind.

scottjmagee said...

There is a petition you can sign online to try and save BBC3 here:

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/to-the-bbc-trust-save-bbc3?recruiter=12305732&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

Square Eyes said...

So why bother with a TV license???

mmartin82 said...

They are looking to change that too:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26351384

sibod said...

The problem is that they are making all sorts of assumptions about the target audience. Also the fact is that how can they provide the same programming by cramming it into BBC1 and 2? I took a quick look at the schedule and the only space is late night - which is not going to help shows gain traction at all. iPlayer is all well and good, but it still gets a fraction of the viewing figures of BBC shows live.
Citing Amazon and Netflix is a red herring as they keep their shows available for very long periods - years - and grow audiences gradually. How can the BBC justify, for example, a £30 million spend on a new drama if it only gets 200,000 viewers in the first month, even if it grows that audience over a long period as people come to it? No -wont happen.

Then there's the question of access. It's all very well for us that have fast internet connections, but in a years time, my brother still wont have fibre, or even broadband over 3 or 4 megs - even though he's not exactly on the outer hebredese. Unless suddenly Fibre broadband is everywhere, iPlayer as a primary broadcaster is a no go. Come on BBC - time to admit you misjudged this!