Published on November 8th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett
iPlayer Cleared for Worldwide Take-off
Brace yourselves, all you international fans of the BBC who have to wait for their programs to reach you – it looks like the corporation’s catch up service, BBC iPlayer, is finally getting an international release for you to watch all your favourite shows once theyâ€™ve aired on the channel!
The Daily Telegraph recently ran an article stating that the service, that can currently only be accessed by those in the UK, will be branching out abroad in terms of its availability. John Smith, the Chief Executive of the BBC (really? That explains a lot!), stated that:
“Not only will that mean international fans of, for example,Â Doctor Who can get their fix legitimately [rather than downloading programmes illegally], but it has the potential of opening up a new revenue stream for the entire UK production industry, alongside sales to traditional broadcasters.â€
Several rumblings have been heard over the years from UK users temporarily abroad who have been unable to access the service even though they pay the license fee. How BBC Worldwide will structure this new version of iPlayer has yet to be seen, it could well be a pay per view format as the other option, running adverts before and after shows is not something the Beeb does, hence why we pay the fee to them.
As usual, youâ€™ll be kept updated of any new developments.