BBC content now showing on Zattoo

Web users now have yet another way of accessing BBC content online, as web streaming service Zattoo adds BBC1, BBC2 and ITV1 to its offering.

BBC content now showing on Zattoo

Unusually, in an industry increasingly focusing on on-demand video, the service does not allow viewers to time-shift content, and instead simply re-broadcasts those channels online.

In contrast, the BBC’s own iPlayer streaming service allows viewers to watch content anytime for up to seven days after broadcast.

However, the streaming application is available for download in Windows, Mac and Linux versions, unlike the BBC’s iPlayer.

Zattoo currently has two million users in Europe, although less than 100,000 of those are based in the UK.

“We go country by country, we clear all the rights for every country, country by country,” says a Zattoo spokesperson. “We’ve been clearing rights for I think one and a half years now in this country and we’ve concluded agreements with broadcasters.”

As well as the BBC and ITV channels launched this week, the service also broadcasts Al Jazeera, Channel 4, Russia Today and Channel 5. BBC content is not available outside of the UK.

However, the BBC claims it has not entered into any specific deal with Zattoo to re-broadcast the content, and says it is reviewing the situation.

“We have not entered into any formal licence arrangements with Zattoo to re-distribute BBC channels, however we are currently reviewing our linear syndication policy following a number of trials around internet re-distribution of linear TV broadcasts,” says a BBC spokesperson.

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