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BBC forced into iPlayer U-turn, casting doubt on ITV joint venture

The BBC’s decision to revamp its iPlayer in preparation for global streaming competition raises more questions than it answers and fails to address the corporation’s two great dilemmas, how to compete with the big SVoD or OTT streamers over content investment, and how to unlock an archive bogged down by secondary rights that it does not own. In one sense, the BBC is merely ploughing the same furrow as its pubcaster counterparts elsewhere, especially in Europe, by investing in its streaming portal to compete with Netflix, Amazon and, in future, Disney, AT&T’s Warner Media, Comcast’s NBC Universal and Apple. These pubcasters share the BBC’s first problem of struggling to compete with these big players for original content investment, and so…

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