BBC iPlayer extends catch-up window to 30 days after broadcast

You’ll now be able to enjoy your favourite programmes on BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio for up to a month after they’re first broadcast, rather than just seven days as previously.

The BBC's upgraded its iPlayer service to offer 30-day catch-up instead of just seven-day as had been the case since the platform first launched seven years ago.

Both BBC iPlayer and BBC iPlayer Radio will now allow you to stream TV programmes and radio shows for up to 30 days after their initial broadcast, either using the BBC iPlayer website or the BBC iPlayer or BBC iPlayer Radio apps for your smartphone or tablet.

The extended catch-up window arrives just in time for an autumn schedule packed with exciting TV, including epic gangster drama Peaky Blinders, which has just returned for a second series, and The Apprentice 2014, which starts next week.

Launched in 2007, BBC iPlayer now receives over seven million streaming requests a day.

Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, said: "BBC iPlayer pioneered online viewing. It's recognised as not just the first but the best service of its type in the world. It offers amazing value, but we want to go further.

"That's why we began reinventing iPlayer earlier this year with a brand new redesign and features. Extending the catch-up window to 30 days now makes the best value on-demand service even better. The public will now have more opportunities to watch the shows they love."

Crime drama Happy Valley is one example of a smash hit BBC One programme that saw a huge number of searches - more than 150,000 - in the three weeks after it became unavailable for streaming on BBC iPlayer.

For the time being, the 30-day catch-up window will only apply to watching shows online, but the BBC hinted that downloads would soon be available for 30 days after broadcast as well.

Downloading TV and radio shows means you can watch them later on when you don't have an internet connection you can use for streaming, perhaps when you're on train or an aeroplane, or you don't want to use up your mobile internet data allowance.

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