BBC to offer entire archive downloadable for free

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  1. Eric F

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    According to an article in the Nov 2003 issue of Wired- the BBC plans on digitizing their entire library of material, and offer it all for free. That's right, everything, TV Shows, radio shows, old broadcasts, everything.

    It doesn't get into details, the format, their distribution network, but it says they intend on offerng this come Summer 2004. Getting the distribution rights for all this material must be a monumental task.

    I guess I can start cutting back on my BBC DVD purchases now.[​IMG]
     
  2. Jim Beaver

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    Do you think they'd have Chronicles of Narnia on there?
     
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    This sounds rather implausible.
     
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    I hope some of their vintage "making of" documentaries are in there, especially the Zardoz and Excaliber ones.
     
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  6. Eric F

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    It sounds implausible to me too, but I didn't write the article-

    Wired 11/2003 p29,31

    Something Completely Different: The BBC is putting its vast archives online for free. Call it the next media model. by Danny O'Brien

    I would post it verbatim, but I suspect the folks at Wired would not like that.
     
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    What about stuff like The John Peel Show? I'd love to hear some of those broadcasts, but do they really have the rights to distribute all those songs?
     
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    Could it be that it's only available online as streaming media?

    Quite a few popular Dutch TV shows that are being shown on public television, are also being kept available online like that.....
     
  9. Eric F

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    According to the article they want to distribute the whole programs.
     
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    Okay, so now the question noone has asked:


    Why?
     
  13. Andy_G

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    Because, in principle, it is good to have as much art as possible available as freely as possible. Free availability of archived material is a good thing.
     
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  15. PhilipG

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    A lot of current radio material is already online.

    See this link to BBC Radio Player for example.

    Don't go selling your DVDs yet though. I do not expect anything close to DVD quality, and I'm sure it won't be everything at once. It'll probably work like the new British Pathé website, with low-res streaming for free, and high-res for a (high) price.
     
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    AFAIK its only going to be selected clips from educational programmes.
     

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