Ofcom Okays BBC iPlayer Competition Assessment

UK TMT sector regulator, Ofcom has confirmed that the BBC can proceed with planned changes to BBC iPlayer, subject to certain conditions and guidance, Cyber Era Online(www.cyberera.com.ng) learns.

The BBC intends to change BBC iPlayer from a 30-day catch up service, to one where programmes are available for 12 months as standard, with some available for longer. As required by the BBC Charter and Agreement, Ofcom undertook a BBC Competition Assessment to consider these plans.

Said Ofcom: “In line with our provisional view, we have concluded that the BBC’s proposed changes to BBC iPlayer could deliver significant public value over time. They could increase choice and availability of public-service broadcast content, and help ensure the BBC remains relevant in the face of changing viewing habits.

However, the regulator is concerned about the competitive challenges created, particularly for other public service broadcasters’ video-on-demand services.

“So, while we have concluded that the public value justifies the adverse impact on fair and effective competition we have identified, and the BBC can proceed with its plans, this is subject to certain conditions and guidance. Our conditions will help ensure that the new BBC iPlayer delivers future public value, and will mitigate risks to fair and effective competition,” it added.

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