What Is the New BBC +1 Channel?

BBC Director General Tony Hall announced a new service for his network, a “plus one” channel, which would allow BBC One viewers to watch shows after they are broadcast. So, what is the new BBC +1 channel, and how does it work?


Available When You Can Watch

The +1 channel service allows viewers to watch popular programs an hour after they are broadcast on the networks, which is faster compared to online services such as HuluPlus in the US, which makes some shows available the day after broadcast on TV.

This announcement is welcome news for viewers expecting the service already offered by other networks, such as ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5, the BBC’s network rivals.

Explaining the decision to introduce a “plus one” service to BBC One, Hall said,”TV channels are not going away,” adding that “any plan for channels starts with BBC One…. It has to be the nation’s favorite channel, and also its bravest.”

Top Form for the BBC

We are living in a day when viewers expect to be able to watch their favorite shows when they want and not just when they are broadcast on TV. Because of this, the BBC’s move to finally join the ranks of other networks providing such services is a wise choice.

“This is brilliant news for BBC One viewers,” said Controller of BBC One Charlotte Moore regarding the decision. “It means the content we pay for delivers even more value for audiences. In a world of increased choice, +1 will enable license fee payers to have even more access to our broad range of programs every day.”

Audience Expectations

What is the new BBC +1 channel offering younger audiences? Hall acknowledged the needs of the younger viewing audiences in his decision to launch the +1 service. Hall said, “It’s what audiences expect, especially younger ones, and it means people can get more of what they’ve already paid for.”