BBC goes Open Source with it’s programming.

Now here’s a bit of very cool news:

BBC NEWS | Dyke to open up BBC archive

Greg Dyke, director general of the BBC, has announced plans to give the public full access to all the corporation’s programme archives.

Mr Dyke said on Sunday that everyone would in future be able to download BBC radio and TV programmes from the internet.

Imagine being able to download every episode of Red Dwarf or Doctor Who or Monty Python, for free. With broadband Internet becoming more common and the prices for DVD burners in the $150 range these days you could compile your own collection of your favorite BBC shows on the cheap. Not to mention the wealth of news and historical programming they’ve built-up over the years. Danny O’Brien goes into more detail on the implications of this move on his blog if you want to read more about it.

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10 thoughts on “BBC goes Open Source with it’s programming.

  1. I think Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was also on the Beeb.  We used to love watching that show…I

  2. Bill you’re right Hitchhikers was on the Beeb, you could always tell because they used all the same err ‘special?’ effects that they used on Dr Who. Apart from Zaphods head which was a technological marvel for it’s time, ohh the nostalgia!!!

    Hehe I remember the chalk board girl too, shows how early I used to get up and turn the telly on when I was a kid then.

    They only had 3 TV stations in England in the 70s

    LOL we still only have 5 now!!! (not counting cable, satellite or any of those new fangled thingies hehe =P )

  3. Come to think of it, we only had 6 TV stations (the 3 networks, 2 independents, and 1 public broadcasting) when I was growing up and I grew up in Washington, DC!  Now I have 65+ channels and there’s nothing on worth watching.

    Three cheers to the British taxpayers for giving us poor Yanks free BBC (while they have to pay that ridiculous TV tax)…hip hip…hoorah

  4. Three cheers to the British taxpayers for giving us poor Yanks free BBC (while they have to pay that ridiculous TV tax)

  5. Wait a minute, does this mean all the episodes of Mystery would be included?  Like all the Poirot, and Midsommer Murders and Hetty Wainthrop and stuff?

  6. I agree wiv one wee guy up there as the tv licence is a good thing cause no shitty ardverts. HOORAH this means i can tape a decent film withoot pausin all da time HAHAHAHAHAHA

  7. Don’t get too excited guys. I’ve been doing some research and the Beeb aren’t likely to release everything they’ve ever made on to the P2P networks for free. In fact because of rights issues, they are likely to restrict the rolling two week TV catch up service (iMP) using DRM. The Creative Archive is the other project, and that will start off as 2-3 minute video clip art of nature/documentary shows. I’m afraid if it’s legal content you want, then DVDs is still your best option!

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