BBC iPlayer app to go international, for less than $10 a month

The BBC iPlayer iPad app is set to launch on the international stage later this year and as we already knew, would command a monthly subscription fee. The fee according to Director General Mark Thompson will be a small number of dollars a month, definitely fewer than 10. The international app will give subscribers access to the BBC archive of television programs.

Speaking at the FT Digital Media and Broadcasting conference in London, Thompson added that the BBC was exploring internationally, what the right pricing models are. The most important thing is that the consumer pricing is right. He also added that the iPlayers international launch would allow the BBC to sell content directly to consumers without shows being rebranded or reformatted by international broadcasters.

The question is, would you be willing to pay a monthly subscription to view Top Gear, Eastenders or any of the other great BBC programs? Let us know in the comments!

[The Guardian]


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Lorin says:

Yes, i'll pay. Looking forward...

DJL says:

Ideal for expats who want to watch BBC as seen in the UK. BBC America isn't worthwhile. Why did this have to take so long?

Kevin Doyle says:

I agree - BBC America is just not cutting it. I want the up to date content available in the UK and am willing to pay for it.
Would also be nice if they cut a deal with other content providers to provide channel4 and ITV content a well.

Jk says:

People in the UK pay a tv licence to purely fund the BBC...approx $300 per year. If they make money like this maybe they can lower the licence charge.

iVenom says:

Don't think they will lower anything it will just be MORE money for them

Andrew says:

Wow, how exciting to be able to watch a whole catalog of shows recorded on videotape and not film.

Michael says:

BBC licence fee is currently £145 - so $230. Worth every penny. I'd pay a lot more to continue not having Fox.
I still think it will make it onto Apple TV eventually.

Jk says:

Not have fox? What's that got to do with it!? I'd be happier not paying the fee and having no BBC! Esp. Now if they have loads of further income via int'l customers.
For the record I do enjoy "wonders of the..." and human planet, and the odd top gear.

Glennisbest says:

Moving to Canada soon, so I was dreading the loss of iPlayer. For me the BBC produce some of the most incredible documentaries (Blue Planet, Human planet, Planet Earth, Horizon, Wonders of the Solar system and so on), and some of the best comedy, the drama on the other hand leaves a lot to be desired.

pkcable says:

Yes I would pay, have been willing to for YEARS. Why did it take them this long? Doctor WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spenny says:

ABSOLUTELY!!!! i need my fix of TOP GEAR and EASTENDERS. anymore than $10 and i dont think people will buy it. We have eastenders over in the states but it is ancient. it still has little Mo and that absolute Tool Trevor!!!

Becky says:

Will the e4 content be available? If it doesn't include Shameless, Skins, or In Betweeners than no it's not worth it.

George Lim says:

No BBC, isn't the same as the Channel4 company. We haven't even got Channel4 on our iPhones, or iPads here! Sorry.

Chris says:

Absolutely. Sign me up.

hide says:

will this work in japan?
i'll surely pay for top gear.

Greg says:

A VPN to a uk server costs roughly 60 USD per year and can work over an iPad.

George Lim says:

I think I speak on behalf of most Brits, when I say..."Can we have Hulu or Netflix in return please?"

RM says:

I was expecting something more in the $20/month range, so I will definitely be hopping on to this one when it's available.

Damitol says:

I'm thinking $99 a year is a fair price. It will also guarantee a sale of an HDMI cable for Apple so I can watch on my big TV as well.

Frank says:

YES!! I will pay for EastEnders! Life hasn't been the same since BBCA stopped broadcasting it!

Mark Kennedy says:

I'm an Englishman living in Moscow, and apart from good beer I miss my British TV. I was very excited when iPlayer was released, and very sad when i found it was for UK users only. I will be more than happy to pay $25 per month ))

Mark Kennedy says:

George Lim .....please don't attempt to talk on behalf of Brits when you are obviously not one mate.....

richchestmat#IM says:

Not a Brit? Based on what? His name?
Did you really say that in 2011?
As someone who once was an expat I can sympathise with the desires of those who want BBC programs outside of the UK. I could even imagine using it on holiday. But with 'the unique way that the BBC is funded' I'd want to know what this does for licence payers.

mjclark says:

I'll pass... I love BBC programming but its just too easy to view it on the net for free these days. I live in Canada and watch top gear religously... but for free. I see the same new episodes that they see in the UK just one day later and it doesn't cost me a dime.

DMCIre says:

Really? Yer all going to pay to watch this! Any good english tv show is free to stream on a number of sites and theres also 4OD on youtube for all channel 4 and e4 shows, wise up people is the bloody internet, every single bbc show is availible on project free tv

Ron says:

Yes, as an ex-pat, you bet I'll pay. I have been frustrated that the iPlayer was not available outside the UK. Now (in the US) I can keep up with my friends back home.

Dacey says:

BBC programs are really amazing.I don't want to miss any program of BBC.Yes ofcourse i am ready to pay for bbc subscription.

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