BBC to Begin Offering Online Simulcasts of Shows

The BBC will start simulcasting some of its shows online as they debut over-the-air, the network has announced.

Shows such as “EastEnders,” “Heroes,” and “Never Mind The Buzzcocks” are among the titles that will be offered live on the Internet in real-time as they first play on the broadcast channels. The move will bring the BBC One and BBC Two channels online in fully streamable forms, joining several — BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC, Cbeebies, and BBC News — that are already broadcasting both online and on-air.

The network describes the decision as being part of its “commitment to make channels available online.” BBC cites recent research showing the number of people who watch TV online has doubled in the last year alone. A similar report released earlier this year echoes that sentiment.