BBC, plc 2017: BBC announcement
BBC press release
Final arrangements for BBC plc subscription services Photograph: Shutterstock
Wednesday 1st June 2016
Final arrangements for BBC plc subscription services
Ahead of the floatation of the BBC on 29th June, the Chief Executive Office elect of BBC plc has announced today the television subscription packages that will be on offer to the public from 1st January 2017**
The BBC also announces today a new Beebview hardware offer for homes using digital terrestrial reception
") to provide them with the equipment they need to view the new BBC services.
The BBC has conducted extensive research into the services that will attract sufficient subscription revenues to ensure both profits for BBC shareholders and outstanding programming for subscribers.
BBC premium subscription channelsBBC Premier
promises to show 100% first-run British drama
, comedy and entertainment all day, everyday. There will be no repeats on BBC Premier.
BBC Premier will show all the current BBC One
drama, and then some! There will be an extra visit to the EastEnders every week, as well as Holby Hospital for Children. Every weekday at 9pm will be new, quality
Each evening will feature a new comedy at 6:30pm: five new slots with everything from the likes of Russell Howard, New Stand Up, as well as sitcoms. At 10pm there will be room for darker, longer and more challenging drama. And as the weekend approaches there will be no end of comedy on BBC Premier.
You will also be able to start your day with Breakfast on BBC Premier.
will continue to show interesting and intelligent shows, with a guaranteed first-run documentary each day at 9pm. You will also find new, experimental and edgy comedies as well as lots of old favourites.
A new channel
based in Salford, BBC Sport
will be the home
to live sports coverage from Formula One to Wimbledon. The channel will also carry live Sports News updates
throughout the day, as well as interactive social media shows discussing all aspects of British sports.
, now showing all day, will now show first-run Arts, Science, History programmes from 7pm until midnight each day, with daytime accessing the archive of lively challenging factual programmes from the channel.
will continue to show the best British programmes for children, without adverts.
BBC bonus subscription channels
In addition to these channels
, the BBC subscription fee will provide viewers with Gold
, Watch, Alibi, Yesterday
, Eden, Drama, Good Food, Really
The BBC will be providing subscription equipment to homes currently using Freeview. Singing up to a two-year contract, Beebview
will provide a free high definition set-top box with integrated BBC iPlayer
access. Beebview will also manage subscriptions to iPlayer for those without a Sky
subscriber number or Virgin code.
BSkyB has provided a deal for Freesat
viewer to change to their subscription service at a large discount. Those wishing to still use Freesat can watch BBC News
+ and BBC World
News without any changes.
BBC free to air channels
The BBC will continue to broadcast the news service, now called BBC News+
free-to-air. In addition to the current schedule, the channel has some new programmes frm BBC One and Two including Panorama, Question Time, This Week, Newsnight.
Due to the closure of BBC Radio 4
*, the team from the Today programme will now be seen on BBC News+ from 6am-9am each weekday.
The closure of BBC Parliament
*** will be replaced with the BBC World News
channel, for those interested in an international news perspective.
BBC News+ and BBC World News will carry adverts.
* See BBC plc, 2017. Radio 4, the last voice.
** The provisions of the New Broadcasting Act 2015 require BBC plc to provide the current Charter services until that runs out, to be funded by the residual TV Licence
*** The BBC is no longer required to provide BBC Parliament, BBC ALBA
or S4C and these services will stop broadcasting.