Were the public likely to say no? What a waste of time.
I wonder how much that cost the licence fee payer to produce that report. The answer could have been put on the back of a fag packet...
Given the go ahead today ...
BBC iPlayer Competition Assessment: statement on Ofcom's final determination
Start: 12 June 2019 Status: Statement published End: 10 July 2019
Statement published: 1 August 2019
The BBC has proposed to change BBC iPlayer from a service where programmes are available to ‘catch-up’ for 30 days after broadcast, to one where programmes are available for 12 months as standard, with some available for longer.
As required by the BBC Charter and Agreement, we have carried out a competition assessment, under which we:
looked at the public value provided by the BBC’s proposals;
analysed the way in which they impact on competition; and
considered whether that public value justifies any adverse impacts that we identified.
This document sets out our analysis and final determination.
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, we remain 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 ensure that the new BBC iPlayer delivers future public value, and will mitigate risks to fair and effective competition.
Interesting that we have a 'first' afaik. a brand new programme - 'Sacred Wonders' with an 'Available for over a year' status. We've had new with a one year window before but not seen any other than archive material with a > 1 year availability. Something to monitor carefully.