Friday, 6 November 2015

BBC Worldwide Launches Long-Awaited BBC Store

The BBC have (finally) launched the BBC Store, a new online "shop" aiming to open up a wealth of archive material, both old and new, to viewers in the United Kingdom to "buy and keep" digitally.

The BBC Store currently features every episode of Doctor Who post-2005 and a fantastic collection of stories from the classic era. You can find themed collections such as "The UNIT Files" and "The Master & Missy" and also Doctor Who related treats such as The Ultimate Guide, An Adventure in Space and Time and The Science of Doctor Who.

More Doctor Who content will be added over time, including classic episodes and new series episodes (being made available the day after transmission). Who fans can let the BBC Store what content they would like to see by tweeting the @BBCStore suggestions. DVD extras, such as documentaries and featurettes, could also soon be hitting the service too to complement the episodes.

Of course, it also features a lot of content from other shows too.

Marcus Arthur, MD of BBC Worldwide & ANZ, said:
We want BBC Store to do for digital ownership what BBC iPlayer did for catch up. BBC Store makes digital ownership really easy for audiences and means that we can begin opening up the incredible BBC television archive.
Bal Samra, Commercial Director of the BBC said:
BBC Store will make more of the treasure trove of BBC programmes available than ever before. This is a result of a collaborative partnership that the BBC has led, bringing together the whole of the creative industry and BBC Worldwide, and which will establish a route to sustainable commercial returns to more of the sector.
Dan Taylor-Watt, Head of BBC iPlayer said:
The launch of BBC Store coincides with a significant milestone in the evolution of BBC iPlayer: the addition of ‘Places to buy’ links, enabling users to discover programmes to buy and keep and to watch BBC Store purchases back on iPlayer.

 For users of Amazon and Netflix, don't worry. They will keep their BBC content. Marcus Arthur commented:

“BBC Store is not a subscription service. It is about opening up the archive. For me they are separate markets. BBC Store is about buy-to keep.”

Unfortunately, it is UK ONLY!

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