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iPlayer premiere for some BBC shows

Published 08/02/2013 | 13:36

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The BBC is to show up to 40 hours of new programmes on the iPlayer service over 12 months

The BBC is to premiere a string of shows on its online iPlayer service before they are shown on television.

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The corporation has approved plans to show up to 40 hours of new programmes on the popular catch-up service over 12 months, with some of them later being shown on regular channels.

A BBC spokesman said: "During 2012, the BBC brought selected online-only programmes to audiences. These included BBC Three comedy pilots, a Doctor Who web series called Pond Life, and curated archive programmes for BBC Four.

"We will build on this in 2013, and make a small number of additional programmes exclusively available to our audiences via BBC iPlayer."

Millions of people regularly use the iPlayer, which has received a huge boost with the rise in popularity of smartphones and tablet computers.

There were around 3.3 million requests for Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony last year - making it the most popular show on the iPlayer in 2011.

Other popular shows included episodes of Sherlock and Doctor Who which were requested more than two million times.

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