The BBC iPlayer (Global) iPad app is now available outside of the UK for the first time with the launch in eleven countries. The iPad app is now available in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. Still no love for the United States, Canada or Australia; but the BBC does say that it will be available there too, later this year.

The iPlayer app will offer a limited amount of ad supported content for free but the majority or programs will be offered via a subscription model. The monthly cost would be €6.99 ($10) or a yearly fee of €49.99 ($72).

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Features:

  • Watch high quality video and audio streaming over Wi-Fi or 3G
  • Download programmes to watch even when you’re not connected
  • Enjoy exclusive programmes that have never before been seen outside of the UK
  • Browse classic and contemporary programmes by Genre, Most popular, Just in and A-Z
  • Set parental locks on content not suitable for kids

The international app differs from the app which is available in the UK. It is being touted as an on-demand service rather than a catch-up service and will carry content from the previous month as well as a back catalogue of programs stretching back up to 60 years. It will also allow downloading of content directly to the iPad as well as access over 3G. This is something that the current UK app has been missing and heavily criticized for not having! Apparently the two apps have been developed by different departments within the BBC.

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