BBC to simulcast more channels online

BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies will be available to watch live online from 16 September 2008, Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision, announced today.
The channels join BBC Three and BBC News which are already simulcast, and can be watched online via their channel sites on through a wide range of internet enabled devices and also using iPlayer (available on a computer and a range of other devices, including the ever-popular iPhone).
Jana Bennett said: “Although still a relatively new phenomenon, watching programmes online is growing; now through simulcasting our channels, viewers can find and watch programmes as they are broadcast as well as having the option of catching up with them later.”
Recent research by Ofcom (The Communications Market 2008, August) suggests that consumers of all ages are showing a growing interest in accessing audio-visual content online, with 17% of those with broadband watching TV on the internet, up by eight percentage points on 2006.
This trend is particularly apparent in younger people who tend to watch less television: Twenty-six per cent of those aged between 15 and 24 claimed they used the internet for “watching TV programmes” – up by sixteen percentage points in 12 months.
Simulcasting of BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies is being launched as part of a 12-month evaluation period. The video is restricted so it can’t be seen from outside of the UK (sorry everyone).

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