Sad news from this week… The BBC will close its digital download service BBC Store after just 18 months, as the Corporation accepted that it had failed to compete with streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
I’ve been lucky enough to review and promote some of BBC Store’s titles here on my blog, including ‘Steve Coogan Live’, ‘Bread’ and ‘The Goodies’ – these were featured in my DVD/TV page. I have now deleted these as the titles will be no longer available to purchase.
According to the Radio Times website, “The service, which offered people the chance to buy and download digital copies of major BBC series or single episodes once they left iPlayer, failed to attract customers alongside the rise of on demand TV subscription services.”
BBC Store will close for good on 1st November 2017. Programmes that users have purchased will no longer be available, although the BBC will fully refund customers. BBC Store customers are being contacted with options to claim either a refund for the total value of their previous purchases or an Amazon Video voucher for the value of their purchases plus 10 per cent, which they will be able to spend on the Amazon website.
If you have a BBC Store account and want to process your refund, visit http://www.bbcstore.com – you should have an email with further instructions.
For me, it’s sad news because BBC Store had released some great archive titles, including ‘Rentaghost’, ‘Jackanory’, Dennis Potter plays… and where will these get to be seen now? Some had never been released on VHS or DVD previously too. Netflix and Amazon tend to show more recent BBC series, and nothing too deep into the BBC Archive. Looks like many programmes will just gather dust on the shelves again. Chris