Live stream is crucial to a revised Big Brother

With Big Brother reboot rumours surfacing again we just wanted to take this opportunity to reaffirm how fundamental a live stream is to the Big Brother format. Without a live stream component, Big Brother is nothing more than any other reality tv franchise.

Ever since Big Brother moved from Channel Ten to Channel 9, the lack of live and unedited access to the Big Brother house has been heavily criticised.

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24/7 Internet and mobile video streams that featured heavily in every Australian Big Brother season up to 2008 were in 2012 replaced by a @BBAULive Twitter feed operating only between approximately 8 am and 11 pm daily, creating a situation where producers could exaggerate or even fabricate story lines if they so wished. Big Brother fans were rightly furious.

@BBAULive Twitter feed example

bb_camera_thumbThe 2014 season, and third Channel 9 series, saw the official website and social media accounts transferred from Endemol to Channel 9’s control in a believed downsizing of BB crew. Subsequently, the miniscule live Internet component that remained was eliminated altogether, turning the nightly television episodes from what were once highlights shows into the public’s only source of Big Brother happenings.

A Channel 9 decision to then cancel Big Brother 2014 episodes initially on Sundays and then Fridays only exacerbated the effects of not having a live stream, resulting in almost half a week’s house happenings falling into a black hole.

This is in stark contrast to the original Channel Ten run where it became a ritual for some Big Brother purists to tune in to the live stream – even for just 15 minutes at a time – and then see how that period of time slotted in and influenced the other events presented in that day’s highlights show.

For any television network who is considering a Big Brother reboot, live streaming is a must, whether online or on a secondary television channel for at minimum a couple of hours a day. Without it, fans will again suffer the problem of not being able to connect with the housemates beyond whatever faux character they are portrayed as in the edited shows. The Big Brother format thrives on the real, the natural and the unedited. Fans need more, not less ways of relating to the housemates.


The Courier Mail yesterday speculated that another Big Brother reboot may be on the cards:

BIG Brother was pronounced dead by most when reports surfaced the iconic Dreamworld host house was being dismantled and the show failed to return last year.

However, the naysayers may have spoken too soon as Confidential is once again hearing murmurs about a potential revival.

It isn’t the first time this year our sources have speculated that the reality show could return to our TV screens in a revised format.

Contrary to The Courier Mail’s report, the shell of the Big Brother compound at Dreamworld still stands as of May 2016, but with the surrounding forest cleared for the Coomera Town Centre development it is not obvious for how long this will last.

Aerial image of Big Brother compound and cleared land

Behind Big Brother staff member Brekkie suggests it may be Endemol Shine Australia, rather than any particular television network, who are behind the latest Big Brother revival rumours:

Sounds to me like Endemol trying to sound out interest, though realistically Nine is probably it’s only possibility. Ten now has reality sorted with I’m a Celeb, The Bachelor/Bachelorette and Survivor (which I think will be a hit), although if Seven did dump The X Factor and Dancing with the Stars – and that’s a very big if – it does open up the end of the year. Nine though more than anything needs a big hit – The Block seems to be their only returning stripped format at the moment and that is faltering.

Last year, word spread of a possible Celebrity Big Brother but those plans were later dumped by Channel 9, deciding instead to produce Celebrity Apprentice.

What do you think about this rumoured Big Brother revival? How important is a live stream to you? Discuss this in our Behind Big Brother forums.

7 thoughts on “Live stream is crucial to a revised Big Brother”

  1. These days, in the era of “I find that offensive/racist/sexist/anti-something” they’d constantly be battling public outcry and media bashing… they can’t really achieve true social experiment status anymore because everything will get censored… unless it goes primarily internet subscription based (as in through netflix or some other tv/movie stream service) it’s just not going to work… so why bother… it’s done… it worked in 2001 because it was new… now we’re over it

  2. If Big Brother were to come back to Australian television, I predict the format will change slightly to implement some of the elements of the very-successful North American version (Heads of Household, Power of Veto). There is a way to keep Nominations and Evictions the same, just open the lines after the POV challenge.

  3. I wonder if Stan or Netflix could come into it?

    Here me out, so Nine part owns Stan. If it was back on Nine, why not share with Stan and make exclusive content for that. Adults only, uncensored, extended daily shows and so forth. It’d be a way to drive people to try out the platform who might not. It’s something exclusive on Stan that you can’t pirate easily.

    I don’t know enough about the underlying technology but maybe they can work a streaming version.

    Now the Netflix is a long shot, but they are investing a lot in content and have said they want to make content locally in different markets around the world. They are experimenting with different formats like chat shows and weekly shows. They haven’t done reality as far as I’m aware, so maybe they’d want to experiment and do something like Big Brother. As it is existing, it probably would be quite a low risk production that could reliably chug along providing content. If they were interested and felt fitted with their brand.

  4. Live stream is a must along with regular time slots and BB uplate!
    Less scripting, let the housemates make their own fun and we also need some big twists that haven’t been seen before. Less intruders and more prize money! Also bring back Vote to Evict!

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