Microsoft to stream old BBC programs

Software giant Microsoft will start offering old programs from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) by launching a streaming service, according to a report in the Times of London.

A senior Microsoft exec told Times reporters that it will introduce the MSN Video Player in the next few days in a commercial venture which will include advertising.

The BBC does not accept advertising on its British sites, because it is funded by a license fee.

The Microsoft service will only be available in the UK and will rely on 300 hours of programming from BBC Worldwide and All3Media. The programs run on the MSN service will be 180 days old and aimed at people between 18 and 30.

The BBC’s iPlayer service only shows the most popular TV and radio programs for a few days – but is increasingly seen as a viable way of watching favorite shows without having to physically switch on the TV or record shows for later viewing.

There’s more details here.