London, UK – June 7, 2016 – MarkLogic Corporation, a leading operational and transactional Enterprise NoSQL database provider, today announced that BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the corporation, has built BBC Store using the MarkLogic® database. MarkLogic’s database platform already underpins BBC iPlayer and parts of the BBC Sport website.
By building the BBC Store content store on the MarkLogic database, BBC Worldwide can deliver content incredibly quickly to BBC Store web pages. It also provides the enterprise-hardened features and scalability needed to support high request volumes.
Launched in the UK in November 2015, BBC Store is a new digital service that makes it easy for audiences to instantly buy and keep digital copies of the latest drama, comedy and factual shows, as well as classic titles from the BBC archive. Over 7,000 hours of content are currently available, with more being added every day. Shows can be accessed on a number of platforms including Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android.
Jonathan Green, Director, BBC Store, said, “BBC Store lets us offer lovers of BBC programmes easy access to a vast catalogue of new and archived content. Until now over 90 percent of BBC programmes have been unavailable to buy once they had been transmitted. We’re at the beginning of an exciting journey to unlock the incredible BBC Television archive.”
“BBC Worldwide has chosen to run BBC Store on the MarkLogic database to help optimize many of these data assets and deliver a new revenue stream. Because it is powered by the MarkLogic database, BBC Store can cope with fluctuations in demand and offers a fantastic download-to-own experience to fans of BBC programmes,” added Adrian Carr, SVP, Worldwide Enterprise Sales at MarkLogic.
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.
In 2014/15, BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £138.6m and headline sales of £1,001.8m and returned a record £226.5m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview