BBC Store

BBC Store was a video on demand store that launched in the UK on 5 November 2015 and opened the BBC Archive to consumers, allowing them to buy episodes or series of a show and download them (using dedicated BBC Store apps). BBC Store was approved by the BBC Trust in 2014.[3] It was initially hosted on a dedicated website, but was later integrated with BBC iPlayer.[4] BBC Store was provided and funded through BBC Worldwide, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC.[5] It closed on 1 November 2017.

BBC Store
DeveloperBBC Worldwide
TypeVideo on Demand
Launch dateNovember 5, 2015 (2015-11-05) [1][2]
DiscontinuedNovember 1, 2017 (2017-11-01)
Platform(s)BBC iPlayer
WebsiteArchived official website at the Wayback Machine (archive index)

Following the launch of BBC Store, the BBC's UK physical and online shop (BBC Shop) closed on 29 March 2016. However, the online shop in the US and Canada is still fully operating. In November 2017 Tony Hall said, "We made the decision to go into download-to-own when the market looked like [it would work],” said Hall. “It was an experiment. We got out of it quick."[6] The BBC are now looking for a way to replicate a video on demand subscription service similar to Netflix, rather than a buy to own service.[6]


The service offered around 6,000 hours of recent programmes and 4,000 hours of archive content; 3,000 hours were of older titles that were currently available commercially.[7] The last 1,000 hours were to be editorially selected.[7] The Executive hoped each year to release a further 500–1000 hours of archive programmes.[7]

Certain programmes were available to buy straight after broadcast. The store did not affect BBC iPlayer's 30-day catch-up service and the iPlayer remained free for UK television licence payers. Both Store and iPlayer are available to UK residents only.


On 20 May 2017 an article in The Telegraph claimed the BBC Store would be closing.[8] Then, on 25 May 2017, the BBC announced that the BBC Store would be closing on 1 November that year. All customers will be entitled to a full refund of any money paid for programmes.[9] Purchases were available to watch until 1 November.


  1. "BBC Store to launch next month". TBI Magazine. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  2. Rawlinson, Kevin (5 November 2015). "BBC gives fans of classic shows chance to buy and download episodes". The Guardian.
  3. "BBC Trust approves proposals for BBC Store". 27 February 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  4. Farber, Alex (1 May 2015). "BBC Store to undergo major trial". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  5. "BBC Trust BBC Store regulatory approval" (PDF). BBC Trust. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. Dowell, Ben (7 November 2017). "BBC looking to open up programme archive with new paid-for digital service". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  7. "BBC Trust BBC Store regulatory approval" (PDF). BBC Trust. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  8. Williams, Christopher (20 May 2017). "BBC to close TV download store after only 18 months as streaming dominates". Telegraph. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  9. Gill, James (26 May 2017). "BBC Store to close as Corporation admits defeat in the face of streaming service rivals". Radio Times. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
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