In a bold move, the BBC announced plans to archive their entire library of TV shows online, Techradar UK reports — and apparently for free.
Greg Dyke, then-director of the BBC, was quoted in 2003 as saying about the plan:
“For the first time there is an easy and affordable way of making this treasure trove of BBC content available to all. I believe that we are about to move into a second phase of the digital revolution, a phase which will be more about public than private value; about free, not pay services…”
The first phase of the venture will be creating an informational page for each television series, such as Doctor Who and Fawlty Towers. Phase two will involve uploading the shows onto streaming video on the site — which has apparently already begun.
The question remains, however — will citizens in Britain still have to pay their BBC TV license?