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BBC1 Becomes The First Mainstream UK Channel To Be Live Online

The Beeb has announced that it will make BBC1 available on the web as from next year; the channel will be aired on the television and will also be web-streamed simultaneously.

It puts an end to the dependence on a television set for viewing the channel; this comes five months after the official launch of the iPlayer which has proved to be a success.

The iPlayer was launched to enable the viewers to catch up with the missed TV shows on BBC1 but now this new move will make it easy for them to catch the shows live with the video stream which is provided live online.

It is not something new for the corporation to stream content using the web as BBC3 and BBC News are already broadcasted on the internet but it is for the first time that a 'mainstream' channel will be broadcasted in this manner.

And you can always use iPlayer to get whatever you want to watch when you want to watch it.

Viewers will still have to pay a license fee whether they watch the programmes online or through traditional means and will probably be limited to an UK audience.

No launch date has been officially announced as of now but the channel will be made accessible to the viewers through BBC.co.uk sometime next year.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.