When I sat down to think about what I would write for this blogpost, a few things came to mind. But one that I thought was particularly relevant now is the media convergence that is online TV.
When I think of online TV, I think of Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Now TV. But there’s another, one that most of us probably use – BBC iPlayer. Used to catch up on any TV you’ve missed or to watch live TV on your laptop. We’ve come a long way from not being able to watch our favourite programmes if we’re doing something else, as we can now catch up at a later time.
But the BBC have gone further. It was announced in March 2014 that, due to budget cuts, BBC Three would cease to be a channel and would move online. And it did, on the 16th of February.
The new BBC Three homepage shows its “Best Of”. BBC Three is known for its documentaries, particularly the Life and Death Row series. It gives the user a list of topics, so that it is easier for regular and new viewers alike to find what they want to watch. Then there’s the “Daily Drop” feature, where something new will be published everyday.
This is a new form of online TV, it’s interactive but it’s familiar. This article talks about the increase of online TV and how more people are watching TV online than on their TV’s. Not only can we watch TV programmes online, but now a TV channel has moved online. Is this the start of something different?