BBC in on-demand trial to 20,000 people
The BBC iPlayer service was put on hold earlier this year when the BBC Trust asked the BBC to make iPlayer more platform agnostic. Work is going ahead to make the content viewable via Apple Macs and the catch-up TV service will be offered via the web and cable TV. Eventually we may see the services available via digital terrestrial TV set-top boxes.
A much larger trial than previously carried out is set to take place, which will allow 20,000 people access to the BBC audio and video archives. The archive trial will open up around 1,000 hours of content to allow the BBC to judge what sort of material from the archives people are most interested in accessing. This is important since the BBC needs to decide on how much content can be provided for free with the on-demand services as part of the licence fee and how much should be on a commercial platform.
People can apply for a place on the trial at bbc.co.uk/archive. The questionnaire will ask some questions and rather than wait for weeks to get a reply, will filter people out based on their answers there and then.
Channel4 and its 4oD service is offering a free 7 day catch up service to people but it will only work for people with Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10 or 11.