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    News - BBC iPlayer to go global

    International version to launch next year.
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    Re: News - BBC iPlayer to go global

    Can't wait to see how many of the international viewership of the BBC rush to take the opportunity of paying $10 per episode to do something they can do, and have been doing, for free about 5 minutes after the show has finished... monkeys.

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    Re: News - BBC iPlayer to go global

    Not sure what the guy above is talking about but my Dad and I work overseas and we would love to have access to BBC iPlayer. With the roll out of IPTV this could become as much a killer app overseas as it is already in the UK.

    A subscription of £10 per month would be sweet, rather than having the pay per view episode style charging model.

    Well done BBC!

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    Re: News - BBC iPlayer to go global

    How about making it available for unlimited use with a yearly subscription to those abroad,
    they could charge, say £145.50

    That's what they already charge us natives anyway...
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    Re: News - BBC iPlayer to go global

    Quote Originally Posted by mikerr View Post
    How about making it available for unlimited use with a yearly subscription to those abroad,
    they could charge, say £145.50

    That's what they already charge us natives anyway...
    ...or just channel the extra cash towards BBC salaries via its commercial arm.

    So can you already get this stuff outside the UK hermano pequeno?

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    Re: News - BBC iPlayer to go global

    I'd like to see it go Android first!

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    Re: News - BBC iPlayer to go global

    What they need to do is get the likes of Sony and Samsung to bundle the iPlayer software that is already on their high end UK TVs onto their sets in other territories, that way families would have an easy way to use the content. If priced right, why go to the trouble of downloading torrents and having to view it all on a PC, when you can view it all through a TV in the living room.

    I'm not saying it will definitely work well and be a success, but I hope and think it will.

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    Re: News - BBC iPlayer to go global

    Quote Originally Posted by mikerr View Post
    How about making it available for unlimited use with a yearly subscription to those abroad,
    they could charge, say £145.50

    That's what they already charge us natives anyway...
    I doubt you'd be able to get certain shows though - notably big live sporting events (which I guess is currently a major draw for the national and their aerial) - if so a lot of the value would be wiped off. Other than sports (namely Formula 1 and football) and Top Gear and Silent Witness I don't watch much... and I guess only Top Gear and Silent Witness could be watched here (perhaps delayed viewing of F1 and football, but that's it).

    Subscription-based (internet or otherwise) is surely the way forward though. TV advertising is getting less and less attractive given the continuing rise of media centres and PVRs and the resulting skipping of adverts as a result. It might not happen in the next 10 years, but it's surely the way to go. I'd be far happier paying for premium TV than I would for said premium TV and the additional continual broadcasting of dross. The only sticking point that I can see is how you'd promote creative, fresh ideas without expecting people to pay for experimentation.

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    Re: News - BBC iPlayer to go global

    Very good move by the BBC here, providing it's done right.

    I'd actually favour an account based system, where everyone, even those in the UK, needed to be registered to view, and you could get free access if you have paid your TV Licence (this would obviously go hand in hand with linking said account to your licence, based on address to deal with the fact its 1 licence per address). Meaning that even if you go abroad for say 6 months but still have a paid up uk licence, you could watch.

    That would also mean that they could justify a £12 a month subscription, roughly equivalent to a UK TV licence for viewers outside of the UK.

    The only problem that we're likely to see is to do with first broadcasting rights, notably around BBC World and BBC America - what would happen in specific countries that have those channels and 1st broadcast rights? They are typically a few months behind the BBC already, so that would certainly be interesting. There would also be concerns over what would happen in the USA where so many networks pick up BBC shows to watch.

    This about the reverse over here - i'd love access to netflix et al and i'd gladly pay to use those services, but it would have a huge impact on Sky - I would have no need to subscribe anymore (Aside from a picture quality POV) as I would be able to watch all my favourite USA TV shows weeks or months ahead of their sky showing.

    I think that is where it's going in the future - IPTV with simultaneous worldwide releases - but is the market ready for it yet? Not sure.

    Would love it to be though

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