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Read this: BBC3 capacity up for grabs

Summary: The BBC could be in for a multi-million pound windfall after putting the spectrum capacity previously used to broadcast BBC3 up for sale. The broadcaster has started a competitive bidding process for the channel capacity, which offers the opportunity to broadcast a channel from 9pm and 7am. DTT spectrum capacity can cost up to £7m for a 24-hour channel and the BBC is expected to make a portion of this for the late-night slot. - link

BBC3 capacity up for grabs…

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Monday, 28 November 2016
8:49 PM

Does anyone know what the viewing figures are for BBC3? I suspect that moving BBC3 on line was a test to determine if all broadcast channels can be moved to on one services, and later converted to subscription.
In the short term this free spectrum will most likely be wasted in providing a delayed transmission channel with the late night slot being used to promote yet more gambling. Am I the only one who resents paying a licence fee for such antisocial, money grabbing, television.

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Nigelj's 16 posts GB flag

9:26 PM

Nigelj: There is an article here:
Has BBC3 online been a success? We compare iPlayer and viewing figures and talk to controller Damian Kavanagh
- figures I've seen elsewhere suggest something like a 20% drop overall, but that pretty good for what is now an online channel.

Its wasn't so much a test as a means to save a lot of money after the government had decided to put the boot in to the BBC. It was easier because a) Its target audience was already web literate, and used to streaming, and b) unlike BBC4 (which actually had a smaller broadcast audience), its viewers generally didn't write to the Telegraph, the Times and their MP about how wonderful it was.

The chances of subscription and web based TV have been discussed many times on this site, and the chances of doing it in the next decade are nil - technically and socially. And your paying the licence fee to own a TV - nobody has to watch gambling ads, and the BBC doesn't show them anyway.

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