The corporation is also planning to set up systems whereby set-top box owners can access the BBC content. Freeview boxes will also be catered for under the new plans.
"Getting our BBC iPlayer seven-day catch-up TV service and our archive pilot out on to the web is one thing, but clearly the biggest available audience is sat in front of the television," said BBC Future Media boss Ashley Highfield at a conference in Cannes.
"It will test what old programmes people really want to see - from Man Alive to The Liver Birds - how they want to see them - full length or clip compilations - and when they want them - in 'lean-forward' exploratory mode similar to web surfing, or as a scheduled experience more akin to TV viewing."
The iPlayer will be launched this year after approval from the BBC Trust.
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