'Greg Dyke, director general of the BBC, has announced plans to give the public full access to all the corporation's programme archives. Mr Dyke said on Sunday that everyone would in future be able to download BBC radio and TV programmes from the internet....'
The "Creative" part of Creative Archive has not been defined. It could consist of anything from two second clips to whole 13 episode serials for all we know at present.
Even with current broadband speeds the downloaded picture will either be very small format or very poor quality if the download is to be completed within a reasonable time.
Regarding copyright, I asked the BBC about this at the launch of Radio 7. Their reponse was that they are quite happy about listeners and viewers recording BBC programs provided they are for their own use in private. This permission does not extend to films and other commercial items that the BBC may broadcast.
Quote: '... has announced plans to give the public full access to all the corporation's programme archives...' I conclude from this statement that any and all full programmes will be available for downloading from the TV and radio archives. What a bonanza this will be for devotees of some really excellent material gathering dust in them. The 'Yes Minister/Prime Minister series rate very high in my book too mistagf. Excellent stuff, giving a not-too-far-from-the-truth insight into our corridors of power!! :o)
Opening up such a huge treasure trove of goodies to free access is bound to send shock-waves reverberating around the media world. How it will affect the DVD/CD programme sales at the BBC's own shop remains to be seen however.
As Belatucadrus rightly points out, those without broadband will be left out of it again, unless they have a particularly speedy dial-up service, the long time needed for downloading and no cut-offs after the usual 2 hours online from the user's ISP. So too is -pops- view on current broadband download speed. Maybe he and I will have to consider upgrading to a 2Mbs provider. The wife will be pleased about the extra cost!! :o( TC.