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BBC plans to stream select programming online before it hits TV

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iPlayer Jelly Bean
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In yet another sign that Netflix is influencing the traditional TV model, the BBC has announced plans to broadcast content online before it's available on television. The 12-month experiment will see up to 40 hours of programming (covering a variety of genres, according to The Telegraph) made available first via BBC's iPlayer before eventually heading to television audiences. It's important to note that the BBC isn't planning on ditching cable anytime soon; despite surging in popularly, iPlayer accounts for a measly two percent of overall viewership. But the network is intent on finding out if it can expand that audience by lending exclusives to the web. The BBC's trial comes as Netflix enjoys rave reviews for House of Cards, the company's latest bit of original programming available exclusively to its subscribers.