BSkyB Slams BBC's New iPlayer as an Aggregator

BSkyB has attacked BBC plans to allow users to view content from competitor broadcasters on its iPlayer TV streaming service.

Sky have claimed that by allowing the service, regulators have effectively let the BBC turn its iPlayer service into an 'aggregator'.

The BBC recently announced plans to integrate content from rival channels, ITV, Channel 4, Channel Five and SeeSaw.

Users are set to be able to search for content from these rival channels and iPlayer will provide links to the specific streaming service showing that content.

Sky claims that because of the popularity of the iPlayer, the service will become an aggregator which could harm the market for companies that are not a part of what it characterised as a BBC plan to monopolise British television.

Speaking to the Guardian, a spokesperson for Sky told said: “We don't believe it's for the BBC to reinvent iPlayer as an online aggregator of third-party content without appropriate regulatory review. The BBC Trust rejected similar proposals last year, acknowledging the potential for distortion of competition.”