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VPN’s have changed the way many people access their content these days. No longer is it a requirement that you wait for when a local broadcaster deems it the right time for a hit show to be made available here. An internet connection and a VPN can gain you access to pretty much anything you want now. And while it’s someone problematic for local rights holders, it has created a bit of a conundrum for the BBC.

In the UK, the BBC is funded out of a license fee but a new study from GlobalWebIndex has shown that around 65 million people outside of the UK are accessing the content. With 75% of those people also accessing and paying for content services like Netflix and Hulu, there is now the suggestion that the BBC iPlayer may become a subscription service. Continue reading »

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The BBC  are about to launch a free on-like game October 22nd (23rd for us), and Peter  Capaldi is set to voice it.  Continue reading »

This sounds like a real life case of Jono and Ben’s BSA Censorship segment where they bleep out words from benign television segments to make it sound dodgy.

The BBC was embroiled in an extraordinary censorship row last night after cutting the word ‘girl’ from a documentary about the Commonwealth Games, fearing it might cause offence. Continue reading »

The BBC is killing off its youth channel BBC Three (home of ‘Gavin & Stacey’, ‘Little Britain’, ‘Being Human’, ‘Bad Education’ and very much regarded as the home of new comedy on the BBC) to make £100 million in cuts.

BBC Three is to be dropped from TV schedules and will move online, as part of the BBC’s cost-cutting plans.

It means shows such as Don’t Tell The Bride and Pramface will only be available through the iPlayer, rather than Freeview, satellite or cable. Continue reading »

jennifer-saundersThe British actress, Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) has unleashed a barrage of angst filled ranting towards Britain’s state broadcaster the BBC, calling it a corporate, executive-run place for idiots.

The writer and comedian said the BBC was no longer a fun place to work, but a top-heavy corporate behemoth.

She described wanting to yell obscenities at a former director-general for insisting on spending licence fee-payers’ money on expensive lunches at the fashionable Ivy restaurant in London rather than on programmes. Continue reading »

Sons prequel series a possibility

A Sons of Anarchy prequel series is on the cards according to the show’s creator Kurt Sutter. Sutter said at Comic-Con that discussion have been underway between him and the FX network about the series.

Hasselhoff to cameo in Baywatch movie

David Hasselhoff will make a cameo appearance in the forthcoming Baywatch movie reboot. “I’m going to play myself,” Hasselhoff said. “There will be certain people in the movie for the original parts and we’re trying to make it a very cool, updated version.” Continue reading »

Stig to feature in new TV show?

Ben Collins, who was recently revealed to be the racing driver inside The Stig suit on Top Gear, has started talks to feature in his own TV show. Collins is reportedly in talks with several UK networks over launching a show which will see him take on more elaborate and dangerous stunts.

Jack Black comedy gets picked up

A new half-hour comedy series produced by Jack Black has been picked up by American network NBC. The series, which is based on the non-fiction book Guinea pig Diaries: My Life As An Experiment, focuses on a journalist whose life is affected by the assignments he is given.

Campion teams up with BBC

Kiwi filmmaker Jane Campion has teamed up with the BBC to direct a new multi-part TV series for the network’s autumn/winter season. The series, entitled Top of the Lake, will be set in New Zealand and focus on a pregnant 12-year-old girl.

Hilton to feature in new reality show

Paris Hilton will reportedly feature in a new reality show which will attempt to prove she’s not a “dizzy blonde”. A spokesperson for the project said the show will not be like The Simple Life but more a serious look at the socialite.

Conn joins Terra Nova

Mistresses actress Shelley Conn has landed the lead female role in the new Steven Spielberg series Terra Nova. Conn will join Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang and Alison Miller in the prehistoric drama which begins shooting in Australia this month.

X Factor Australia boosts star power

TV3’s The X Factor Australia will soon have the added star power of Usher, Snoop, Kelly Rowland, Boyzone and Richard Branson, who have all been announced to be helping out in the next stage of the talent competition.

Pattinson to guest on Entourage?

Reports are suggesting that Twilight actor Robert Pattinson will be making an appearance in the season finale of Entourage, playing himself in a role which will supposedly see him be a huge annoyance to his agent Ari (Jeremy Piven).

Freeman turns down The Hobbit

Due to his commitment to a BBC television show, actor Martin Freeman has reportedly has to turn down a seven-figure offer to play Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. The former Office actor is committed to the second season of BBC’s Sherlock which films at the same time.

Not a good mix

In perhaps the most entertaining TV news of the day, the same managing director who oversees the ‘home of British porn’, Television X in the UK has also been appointed to run Channel 5’s children’s arm, Milkshake!. The pair of channels will also share premises.

BBC Worldwide Australia has made its long-form content available on mobile platforms for the first time in New Zealand after the conclusion of a deal with Telecom for its Mobile TV service.

Subscribers can now stream episodes of Top Gear, Doctor Who, Little Britain, The Office and Extras through the XT Network’s mobile site – TWorld.

The deal includes a significant amount of content, with hit comedies such as The Catherine Tate Show and cult classic The Mighty Boosh slated for future launch.

“This deal brings quality drama, comedy and entertainment programming direct to mobile,” said Louisa Bayles, BBC Worldwide Australia’s Digital Sales Manager. 

“Streaming through Telecom’s Mobile TV service means that fans of Doctor Who and Top Gear can now enjoy them whenever they want, but this is also a fantastic opportunity to reach out to new audiences.”

“We are thrilled to have award winning BBC shows as part of our top line-up of content from New Zealand and overseas networks. Mobile TV is proving a popular addition to our TWorld mobile site with Kiwis throughout the country taking advantage of its breadth and quality of shows,” added Paul Taylor of Telecom NZ.

Making content available on digital platforms is a core part in BBC Worldwide’s objective of securing the broadest possible distribution strategy for its huge range of television content.

Almost 200 hours of BBC Worldwide’s leading drama, factual and entertainment content will air in New Zealand following deals across terrestrial and subscription platforms in that territory.

Award-winning filmmaker Louis Theroux leads an eclectic selection of content licensed to national broadcaster TVNZ with his excoriating expose of California’s drug underworld: The City Addicted to Crystal Meth. Other titles to air on the national broadcaster will include the UK’s latest comedy sensation in Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (Open Mike Productions) and heart-rending contemporary drama Father and Son (a Left Bank Pictures / Octagon production) starring Dougray Scott. The courageous helicopter paramedics of Northern England make their NZ television debut in factual series Air Medics, while new series of Celebrity Masterchef (Shine Productions), Famous Rich & Homeless (Love Productions) and Tribal Wives (a Diverse Bristol Production) will all return to TVNZ.

New factual content features strongly in sales to Prime Television with lauded BBC Science producer Michael Mosley’s new titles: 10 Things You Need to Know About Sleep, 10 Things You Need to Know about Losing Weight and his new series aiming to discover just how much science can improve his life: Make Me…

Several major dramas premier in the latest content deal with subscription broadcaster Rialto Channel. The BBC / Blast! Films co-production Soundproof is a gripping urban thriller that breaks new ground in bringing deaf and hearing actors together, and Last Resort is a modern love story that won Best New British Feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Rialto Channel will also air the two most recent series of the television show for true music lovers Later…With Jools Holland.

Nearly 70 hours of BBC Worldwide lifestyle content will air on New Zealand’s Living Channel and Food TV, including territory premieres of Why Are Thin People Not Fat?, 50 Things to Eat Before You Die, Gardeners’ World 2009 and from those larrikin motorists with an eye on the menu: The Hairy Bikers – Mums Know Best.

And a stunning selection of more than 40 hours of factual programming has been acquired by the Documentary Channel, including Inside the Saudi Kingdom, The Satanic Verses Affair, Did Darwin Kill God? and a comprehensive selection from the BBC’s seminal science strand Horizon which includes Why Do We Dream?, The Secret Life of Your Bodyclock and Why Can’t We Predict Earthquakes?

“The immense variety of our content is key to our ability to license such a broad range of programming across such a diversity of platforms” said Robyn Campbell, BBC Worldwide’s Sales Manager, NZ. “We’re pleased to bring such a calibre of programming to New Zealand audiences.”