BBC iPlayer 30 day catch-up

As promised, the BBC has extending the catch-up windows for programmes on iPlayer to 30 days. See alsoNetflix vs Amazon Prime Instant Video comparison review: What's the best streaming service?

You're probably used to making sure you watch a BBC show on catch-up within a week of it being shown. However, those days are a thing of the past as the iPlayer catch-up windows has been greatly lengthened to 30 days.

The BBC first announced it would make the change a year ago when it announced the next-generation iPlayer.

Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, said: "Extending the catch up window to 30 days now makes the best value on-demand service even better. We have a fantastic autumn schedule and the public will now have more opportunities to watch the shows they love."

Quite rightly, the BBC says the change means audiences can watch and listen to more of the BBC content they love, whenever and wherever they are. Downloads of TV programmes on BBC iPlayer will also move to a 30 day catch-up window shortly afterwards.

The change comes in time for shows such as Peaky Blinders and The Fall. The increased windows also applied to BBC iPlayer Radio so listeners can keep up to date with The Archers, Once and Future King and Just A Minute.

"There is a huge demand to make programmes available for longer on BBC iPlayer – as we continue to see people search for their favourite programmes after the seven day catch-up window. Whether it's on the bus on their mobile – or on their tablet in bed at night, I'm really pleased that we're able to give our audiences longer to watch and listen than ever before," said Ralph Rivera, director of future media at the BBC.

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