A Brief History of the BBC
First founded in 1920, the British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, is the world's oldest national broadcasting institution. The Corporation's first Director-General was Lord John Reith. Reith was a Scottish Calvinist who brought his sense of ethical broadcasting to his job. It was he that first coined the now infamous BBC mission statement that the Corporation exists to "inform, educate and entertain". To this day, the BBC's Royal Charter still stipulates these three central tenets.
The BBC Store, launched in November 2015, replaced the BBC Shop and is funded and run by BBC Worldwide, a commercial subsidiary wing of the BBC.
Products Available Through the BBC Store
At present, BBC Store is only available for residents of the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. The BBC Store separates the programming available for purchase into six genre-based categories, which are then broken down into several further subcategories – all of them can be found at www.store.bbc.com.
- Children's – This category covers all kid's based BBC programming and is broken down into three further categories; CBBC for children aged 6 to 12, CBeebies for younger children and Classic, which is aimed at nostalgic adults.
- Comedy – The BBC has produced numerous acclaimed comedy shows over the years. There are five subcategories here; Classic, Satire, Sitcom, Sketch Show, and Stand Up.
- Drama – The BBC has also produced several highly-acclaimed drama series. There are six subcategories of drama; Classic & Period, Crime & Thriller, Doctor Who, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Contemporary, and Soaps.
- Entertainment – Some of the BBC's best family entertainment shows, split into two categories; Factual Entertainment and Lifestyle.
- Factual – Documentaries and hard-hitting exposes over five categories; Documentaries, History, Natural History, Religion, and Science.
- Music & Arts – The BBC has also had a strong influence over the British music and art scene throughout its history. From Beethoven to The Beatles, the BBC has them all. There are two subcategories; Arts Documentaries and Music.
BBC Store Bestselling Products
Here's a list of some of the BBC Store bestselling products:
- The Night Manager
- Happy Valley
- This Farming Life
- Line of Duty
- Dad's Army
- Peaky Blinders
- Death in Paradise
- War & Peace
Deals and Offers
The BBC Store has a section that is dedicated to special offers and it's always worth taking a look to see if your favourite shows are there. The BBC Store's predecessor, the BBC Shop, took part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday for the last few years, and it's safe to assume that this tradition will continue.
Buying at the BBC Store
In order to purchase at the BBC Store it's necessary to register with a BBC iD. This involves your name and email address, and a password of your choice. Bear in mind that it's only possible to buy programmes with a valid UK registered Visa or MasterCard debit card, credit card or a PayPal account. The BBC Store also sends customers regular newsletters, which you can choose to opt in or out of when you register. These also contain exclusive promotions and special offers.
Cancellations and Refunds
If you change your mind about a product, you are entitled to cancel it within 14 days of purchase using the "Cancel Purchase" button on your Account. You are only entitled to a refund before you watch or download the product. The moment you begin to stream or play the content, you lose your right to cancel the purchase. Beyond that 14 day period, you are entitled to cancellation rights under consumer protection law if the product is faulty or not as described on the website. You´ll find a model cancellation form on the website.
Watching and Downloading BBC Store Purchases
Once you've bought your programme, you can then stream it instantly using the BBC iPlayer on your computer, phone or tablet. You can also download them to watch without an internet connection or when you go abroad. In order to download from the BBC Store, you need to install the Download Manager. This will be explained below.
- Go to the BBC iPlayer and log in.
- Go to the “My Programmes” section and view all your purchases.
- Choose what you want to watch and it'll be played through the iPlayer.
- Go to the Store Downloader
- Select the correct version for your operating system or device to get the downloader app.
- Download your show using the app and keep it as long as you want.
The BBC Store Downloader requires Microsoft Silverlight installed on your computer.
The BBC Store on Social Media
Like most companies, the BBC Store has a comprehensive social media presence. Keeping an eye on the various social media pages can be a great way of discovering great deals and discounts!
On the website you´ll find the help and support FAQs or can contact The BBC Store via email at [email protected] or live chat
If you prefer to send a letter via post, you can send it to the following address:
- Television Centre,
- 101 Wood Lane,
- London W12 7FA