Yes, there are limits to programmes being available via iPlayer.
It's 7 days after broadcast, though not all BBC programmes make it to
iPlayer at all, due to rights issues.
Some programmes are re-broadcast on other BBC channels, so the 7-day
period appears extended.
If you have a Mac (as I do), you cannot download programmes (yet). If
you have a PC you can download, but then once you begin to view the
programme the clock starts ticking, so you have a cut-off after which
you cannot access it anymore.
ITV have a similar system called 'catch-up'. Similar rules apply, but
with different time limits (and you can't fast-forward through the ads).
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On 13 Nov 2008, at 10:13, Ian Jennings <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Are there not limits as to how long programmes are available via
> after initial broadcast? 7 days?
> Plus, not everything is then made available via this platform.
> Ian Jennings
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> Subject: TV programme requests
> Please, could someone satisfy my curiosity?
> We seem to get a lot of these requests on the list; I was surprised at
> first but am getting used to it.
> However, I can't help wondering, are they not often available on the
> these days, e.g. BBC iPlayer?
> (When we get requests of this sort at work, it's usually because
> forgot to set their video recorder, or it failed in some way.)
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