BBC1 will be web-streamed live through BBC.co.uk as of next year, according to the broadcaster’s director general Mark Thompson.
BBC1 is internet bound
Hoping to capitalise on its impressive iPlayer service the Beeb has decided why not go back to the 90's and try something they know doesn't work.
People simply do not want to watch TV in a linear sense anymore, the only content thats worth streaming are sports events, I there isn't much chance of that happening soon.
The BBC needs to work on iPlayer and getting the BBC online identity sorted out, its abit of a mish mash at the moment. With iPlayer the BBC struck gold and unless they keep pushing they will become a follower not a leader. I think the best idea would be to can live streaming, and just make iPlayer better they would be forgiven for that.
This week the BBC has joined the OpenID foundation.
BBC Internet Blog
OK, so there are some problems but I do have faith that they know what they have to do particularly with making iPlayer Cross-Platform and stripping the DRM (I think a little wishful thinking is needed on this point)
Overall the BBC have seemed to be more than ready to jump in were the other industry giants have failed or been far too slow, obviously some people have learned from the Music industry hopeless mess. They have been willing to say most of the 15 - 25 year old market is not watching TV they consume their media online and not in the traditional linear sense like with traditional TV. Also an unexpected (at least to me) effect of iPlayer is how many 'older' people can and enjoy using iPlayer. I often get the comments "Wow, so I don't need to tape anything anymore?" response, which hats of to the BBCs marketing department.
I think some good things are coming out of the BBC, I wonder if they can keep it up and appease both the techies and non-techies alike. I know its a seriously tall order.