The BBC is optimistic that the majority of its programming will soon be available to stream again for 30 days via catch-up service iPlayer.
Viewers can currently stream content for seven days after it has aired (or download it and keep it on their computers for 30 days) but the Corporation’s director of strategy and digital James Purnell assured RadioTimes.com that various complicated rights deals will mean that “most” of the BBC’s output will be able to be streamed again over the 30 day period.
Asked if that meant more than 95%, Purnell nodded.
Traditionally, most BBC output has been made available on iPlayer, with movies and sports programming facing the most stumbling blocks over rights.
However, favourites such as dramas Doctor Who and Sherlock and entertainment shows like Strictly Come Dancing are certain to be safe.
The plans have been given the assent of independent producers' body Pact and now only need the approval of the BBC Trust to go through, Purnell said. And Lord Patten, the Trust's chair, said the plans were unlikely to face opposition there.
"[The 30 day iPlayer plans] will be subject to a market impact assessment but by and large we don't expect any big problem," he told RadioTimes.com
The change in the window during which viewers can catch up will be one of the most significant of a wider revamp of the service announced by Hall today in an address at the BBC’s Radio Theatre.
The new iPlayer will also offer online-only curated content and channels. As well as this the BBC want to enable viewers to access content before it is broadcast at a time to suit them.
In his address, Hall also outlined his vision for the corporation's flagship TV channels, with increased investment in drama and entertainment programming for BBC1.