When you are at home, where should you watch TV?
A few years ago, the BBC began to take steps to make its digital services more accessible to people outside its UK-based offices.
Now, the broadcaster has launched its first two digital platforms for people living outside the UK – its home video platform, The Tab and its online video service, Cinema Now.
The Tab, which will be available to users from the UK for the first time, is a premium service that will deliver a range of live and on-demand TV programming and online content.
The Tab has already offered a range, including a variety of current affairs programming and documentaries.
The BBC says the Tab will offer “a more immersive experience” by including more online features, including content from popular sites such as Netflix and YouTube.
The first Tab shows will be made available for a limited time to UK users on January 14, 2020.
The Cinema Now service is a pay-per-view subscription service that is available in over 120 countries.
The service is designed to offer the same content as The Tab but without the subscription fees and will offer users a number of different services.
The first cinema series will be released to subscribers on January 13, 2020, and the next one will be launched in December 2020.
The programme, The Queen’s Hand, will focus on Queen Elizabeth II.
“I want people to experience cinema as a part of their everyday life and as part of the world,” said Mark Price, The BBC’s head of content.
“People can go to the cinema and they will see films and they’ll have an experience that they can share with their family and friends.”
The first Cinema Now series will feature a new show called The Queen and will be produced by ITV Studios.
The series will debut on The Tab on January 28, 2020 and will air on Cinema Now on January 18, 2020 with the remaining episodes arriving in cinemas on February 12, 2020 – exactly one month after the initial theatrical release.
The BBC has also launched its UK streaming service, iPlayer, which is available to people in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the US. iPlayer will be offered free of charge for the duration of the new services, and its creators are optimistic that it will be successful in attracting viewers to the BBC’s online services.
“With the launch of the iPlayer streaming service for the UK and US, we’re also delivering a new digital platform for people to watch BBC programmes on their devices,” said Jeremy Clarkson, the host of Top Gear.
“With our new offering, we’ll be able to reach a much wider audience across all the countries we’re offering it to.”
According to a BBC spokesperson, the new platforms will help ensure that people across the world can watch BBC TV programmes without having to subscribe to a pay TV service.
“The new platforms are designed to provide more engaging content, including films and documentaries, which can be enjoyed in their entirety in their original form.
They’ll be available for all types of devices including tablets, smartphones and connected TVs, and are fully compatible with existing streaming services and digital platforms,” the spokesperson added.”
The BBC is committed to ensuring people can access the BBC service in the most relevant way possible.
This new offering will help deliver the best experience for BBC content on all devices.”
In addition to offering its own content, Thebb is also looking to expand its reach across the web, particularly through a subscription-based streaming service that it launched in January.
Thebb, a subscription service designed for independent filmmakers and TV producers, offers a selection of films and shows that are available for free to subscribers.