The BBC has announced that it will be opening up its TV and radio footage archive to UK residents as part of a six-month online trial starting later this year.
The organization is planning to release more than a million hours of audio and video footage from its archive, including full-length TV shows, scripts and notes.
Ashley Highfield, director of the BBC’s future media and technology division, said the service will test what old programs people really want to see and how they want to see them – full-length or clip compilations, and when they want them – in ‘lean-forward’ exploratory mode similar to web surfing, or as a scheduled experience more akin to TV viewing.
Mr Highland added that the broadcaster was starting to deliver media content in a hybrid environment, where digital TV, the internet, radio and set-top boxes were coming together to offer interactive services.
The BBC has also unveiled plans to re-engineer its iPlayer service, which will offer catch-up TV online. The service will be compatible with Apple Macs.