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International BBC iPlayer app will cost under $10 per month

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 03 Mar 2011 16:27 User comments (2)

International BBC iPlayer app will cost under $10 per month According to BBC iPlayer director general Mark Thompson, the international iPlayer app for the iPad and other devices is "definitely coming this year" and will cost under $10 per month for a subscription.
Says Thompson, the app will cost "a small number of dollars per month, definitely fewer than 10." He also added that "we're exploring internationally what the right pricing and models are ... the most important thing is the consumer pricing is right."

When asked if the international launch will affect BBC Worldwide's current business model, Thompson said the company was following the Hollywood studios in "looking at a series of windows for TV shows to optimise value across that lifecycle".

Most international rights windows for TV shows mean they hit DVD and PPV first, followed by free-to-air TV and online VOD.

The iPlayer has become synonymous with streaming TV in the UK, and Thompson says 162 million programs were downloaded via the iPlayer in the UK in January, alone, an average of six per household.

Additionally, the boss says, unsurprisingly, that "the greatest month-on-month growth now is not on PCs or cable TVs but on iPads, iPhones, other smartphones and games consoles."

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2 user comments

14.3.2011 8:03

so, how come then fuckers chare me about $20/mth for the BBC license?

sometimes i hate the bbc. frikking england subsidising the world again!

24.3.2011 8:22

Originally posted by babelfish:
so, how come then ***** chare me about $20/mth for the BBC license?

sometimes i hate the bbc. frikking england subsidising the world again!
In response to that comment. I have paid a licence fee in the UK for around 40 years. This covers the benefit of Radio and TV and all the independent Radio/TV. I would love to be able to view BBC programmes on Iplayer here in France but cannot. I now pay a lcence fee here in France for just the right to receive broadcasts. That's what the licence fee is for. It's a tax.
I would have to pay a further subscription to watch 4OD and also another to watch ITV on line etc. That would amount to virtually being a UK licence. I cannot get english radio in my car nor on my phone. We also cannot purchase SKY due to "contractual issues" within the EU.

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