BBC to premiere shows on iPlayer



The BBC has announced plans to premiere a string of programmes on the iPlayer ahead of showing them on TV.

We all love catching up on shows via the iPlayer, but now we can expect to see a number of programmes for the first time via the online TV service.

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The BBC has announced plans to premiere a string of programmes on the iPlayer ahead of showing them on TV.
The BBC Trust approved a 12-month trial during which as many as 40 hours of shows will make their debut via the iPlayer. Some of these shows will later be broadcast on regular BBC channels.

Millions of us regularly use the iPlayer to watch our favourite shows at a time and place convenient to us. This can range from catching up on the soaps while out and about with a tablet or smartphone, or enjoying Match of the Day via our smart TV on a night with fewer social options than Saturday.

But the latest announcement means we'll be watching a number of shows for the first time as well as catching up on those already broadcast on other BBC channels.

A BBC spokesman said: "During 2012, the BBC brought selected online-only programmes to audiences. These included BBC Three comedy pilots, a Doctor Who web series called Pond Life, and curated archive programmes for BBC Four.

"We will build on this in 2013, and make a small number of additional programmes exclusively available to our audiences via BBC iPlayer."

The number of requests made for programmes and radio shows on the iPlayer rose from 1.94 billion in 2011 to 2.32 billion last year. The most popular show in 2012 was Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony, which attracted a whopping 3.3 million requests.

Other iPlayer shows keeping us glued to our tablets and smart TVs last year were Sherlock and Dr Who.