The BBC is planning to broadcast BBC2 across broadband networks from next year, as it continues to use alternative delivery systems for its content.
The BBC website is already the most visited in the UK, and the company has been promoting video clips from its programmes, like Newsnight, for the past year.
A move to broadcast BBC2 in its entirety would be the first time a mainstream channel had been broadcast via broadband.
It is expected that a pilot for the broadband service will start in 2006. The trial will be conducted at the same time as continuing trials for the BBC’s MyBBCPlayer technology, which enables viewers to download and watch BBC content on demand.
While the BBC is still finalising what the trial will cover, there is expected to be a mix of both streamed and download content.
The BBC’s plan to reach a wider internet audience with BBC2 has been helped in recent months by ever higher basic broadband speeds.
BT currently offers a basic 2mbps connection and NTL and Telewest, which are going through a merger, are rolling out basic broadband speeds of 10mbps and above.