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More news on the global iPlayer 
1st-Dec-2010 11:48 am
bannakaffalatta, short
Just spotted the first article giving concrete details on the global availability of BBC iPlayer. (More details available in this FT article, which requires registration.)

The summary: Mid next-year, we can expect availability on the iPad in the U.S. and a few other markets, via a subscription-based model. No details on pricing, except they're quite "bullish" about what they can charge. Availability on other platforms, and in pay-per-view and pay-for-download pricing models will follow, but no details on when.

So, if you've got an iPad and are interested in a wide enough range of BBC programming that the subscription fee represents good value, this is good news. (My Dad will most likely be thrilled.) Everyone else will have to wait. (Honestly, I have a hard time understanding why they can't just allow paid subscribers access to TV through the existing iPlayer website. I already use it to listen to radio.)
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1st-Dec-2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
(Honestly, I have a hard time understanding why they can't just allow paid subscribers access to TV through the existing iPlayer website. I already use it to listen to radio.)

My thoughts too. I mean, if they can region-code it already so that people with non-UK IP addresses can't access TV content that's been region-locked to UK viewers, surely they can bung in an extra bit of code that takes non-UK viewers to a subscription or payment page? (I am not a coder, admittedly.)
2nd-Dec-2010 02:27 am (UTC)
I'm getting happier and happier that I sprang for that ipad!
2nd-Dec-2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
This may be the thing that gets me to spring for my own iPad.
2nd-Dec-2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
If you do get one and this is available where you are, I must say that I've gotten amazing amounts of geek cred by keeping my ipad in an Etch a Sketch frame.
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