The new content battleground might be on the other side of the Atlantic: U.K. television is increasingly being picked up for exclusive streaming deals — showing just much the media landscape has changed.
“The Day of the Doctor,” a special episode celebrating 50 years of “Doctor Who,” took over the world on Saturday thanks to its fans — but said fans had plenty of encouragement, thanks to BBC Worldwide.
Australian broadcaster ABC is sending Doctor Who back in time. It is putting episodes online just after they premiere in the UK, hoping viewers will turn away from pirated copies.
After endless development and lobbying from fans around the world, the BBC has finally opened up an international version of the iPlayer — its smash hit video-on-demand service — for European subscribers. But will it make the grade as other video subscription services expand?
Facebook Credits today got another vote from the media industry as a currency for paid digital content: the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldw…
BBC America received a ratings boost when it aired this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special mere hours after the BBC did — a strategy that it plans to repeat for future episodes, as the BBC evolves its international distribution plans to match a technologically savvy audience.
Good news for online Australian sci-fi fans: The upcoming fifth season of British Doctor Who, which will premiere Sunday, April 18 on ABC1, will actually make its first Down Under appearance two days earlier on iView, the Australian Broadcasting Company’s iPlayer equivalent.
The one-day head start that online Aussie fans are getting probably won’t do much in the way of preventing piracy, as episodes will premiere in Australia two weeks after the UK (in the United States, BBC America will be on a similar schedule). It’s a much improved delay, though, from the past, when fans outside Britain would wait for months after the UK premiere for their fix — or learn how to use torrents.
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