The BBC is famous for making high quality TV programing, with shows such as Sherlock, Top Gear and Doctor Who enjoying huge popularity worldwide.
The BBC web streaming catch-up service iPlayer has until now only made shows available for 7 days following their initial UK broadcast date (although the ‘Series catch-up’ feature made all shows available for the duration a series was broadcast).
The BBC has now announced that shows will instead be available for 30 days, and although this does come at the expense of ‘Series catch-up’, it means that most programs will be available for longer, which is great news.
In theory, BBC iPlayer is only available to UK residents (who pay a compulsory license fee), but thanks to the magic of VPN and SmartDNS, it available to anyone, and is a primary reason for the UK remaining the most popular location for VPN servers after the US.
Top BBC iPlayer programs of 2014 (so far)
- Sherlock Series 3 (episode 1 – The Empty Hearse) 3,643,900 requests
- Top Gear Series 21 (episode 1) 3,535,600
- Top Gear Series 21 (Burma Special – part 1) 3,340,700
- Top Gear Series 21 (episode 3) 3,191,000
- Murdered By My Boyfriend (one-off drama) 3,021,300
- Sherlock Series 3 (episode 2 – The Sign of Three) 3,017,600
- Sherlock Series 3 (episode 3 – His Last Vow) 2,916,900
- Top Gear Series 21 (episode 2) 2,906,900
- Outnumbered Series 5 (episode 1) 2,857,500
- Top Gear Series 21 (Burma Special – part 2) 2,797,500
(source: the Guardian).