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BBC plans European iPlayer pilot

BBC plans European iPlayer pilot

Popular BBC shows such as Doctor Who could soon be available on demand for European viewers.

The BBC is planning to roll out its online TV iPlayer service to Western Europe later this year, with a view to making it a worldwide service if this small pilot goes well.

The announcement was made at the Banff World Television Festival yesterday by Jana Bennett from the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide.

However, the service won’t be free, as it is in the UK. Users will have to pay somewhere around £6 ($10) a month for the privilege of being able to watch both recent and archived BBC content.

Initially, BBC Worldwide only plans to make the service available on the Apple iPad, and all programs will be in English. However, this could change in the future, as Bennett described the European rollout as ‘very much a pilot'.

If the Western European rollout is successful, the BBC is likely to expand the service to other areas of the globe. Bennett stressed that there was currently no time frame for such a move, however, as the corporation planned to only expand the service ‘in a careful and measured way’.

Nevertheless, the move represents an important step for the BBC, which is under pressure to develop extra revenue streams to complement the licence fee paid by all TV-owning UK households.

Are you based in Western Europe and excited by the prospect of getting the iPlayer service on your iPad? How much would you be prepared to pay for it? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Phil Rhodes 15th June 2011, 11:50 Quote
£6/month?

That's a considerably better deal than we get here!
TWeaK 15th June 2011, 12:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
£6/month?

That's a considerably better deal than we get here!

Lmao I hadn't thought about it like that, but good point.

I think they're really limiting themselves though by only having it on iPad. At least if it was online through a website, like the UK iPlayer, then it would be available to a wider market. Still, I suppose they can at least get Apple to market it for them a bit.
Xir 15th June 2011, 12:12 Quote
...only for iPad?...and then? How do I get it on my TV?
I stream from the iPad to the iTV-box to output on a proper screen?
Or is the iPad-iPlayer reduced to iPad resolutions?
loftie 15th June 2011, 12:38 Quote
Is it not possible to use a proxy and download the files anyway?
TheLegendJoe 15th June 2011, 12:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by loftie
Is it not possible to use a proxy and download the files anyway?

SHHHH LIES! :P
Blademrk 15th June 2011, 13:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
...only for iPad?...and then? How do I get it on my TV?
I think there are cables for iPod/Pad/Phone/Touch for TV output.
Guinevere 15th June 2011, 14:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
...only for iPad?...and then? How do I get it on my TV?

Just plug in a HDMI adaptor
Guinevere 15th June 2011, 14:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
That's a considerably better deal than we get here!

Not really, this £72 a year is only covering whatever programming they choose to put on the version of iPlayer they'll see. Out of our licence fees, 67p a month goes to fund iPlayer and all the BBC online services.

So they're paying a lot more for iPlayer than we do, yet maybe not contributing as much to the programming making as we do but it'll all extra money that will go to subsidise the BBC and allow it to do more with the money they have access to.

Being a public broadcaster there will always be an aspect of "Us paying for programming for others to access for free/less". Take the BBC news website. It's one of the most popular news websites on the planet as it gives as true and unbiased account of news events as is realistically possible to achieve. It's well respected and trusted. I don't mind funding it for others to access.
Hakuren 15th June 2011, 14:47 Quote
Couldn't care less about TV content. Only interested in sport radio commentary. Provide me with that and I will gladly pay normal UK license fee which is more expensive than 6£/month.

It is ludicrous idea to limit service only to Apple toys. I'm not that stupid to fund Apple communism.
Bauul 15th June 2011, 17:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
Take the BBC news website. It's one of the most popular news websites on the planet as it gives as true and unbiased account of news events as is realistically possible to achieve. It's well respected and trusted. I don't mind funding it for others to access.

Actually to those outside of the UK, the BBC News page is covered in adverts.

Seriously, it's like Geocities circa 1998.

(I might be exagerating)
Zinfandel 15th June 2011, 17:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Actually to those outside of the UK, the BBC News page is covered in adverts.

Seriously, it's like Geocities circa 1998.

(I might be exagerating)

Ahh that brings back memories...

My annoyance here is that it's on ipad... Why? Presumably apple will be taking a cut and thus we are funding a company that allows apple to make extra profit... not on.

Although I guess Apple might see that this service will make people consider buying one so are doing it for free so who knows.
Embattle 15th June 2011, 18:54 Quote
The brining it to Apple first is probably to see how it goes first.
sb1991 15th June 2011, 18:57 Quote
Probably, yes. Makes sense to run a pilot on a simple, closed system before branching out to the multitude of other devices they'll no doubt support later.
TWeaK 15th June 2011, 19:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zinfandel
My annoyance here is that it's on ipad... Why? Presumably apple will be taking a cut and thus we are funding a company that allows apple to make extra profit... not on.

BBC and BBC Worldwide are two different companies. BBC is publicly owned and ad-free, while BBC Worldwide is just the same as any other company and makes deals with any other companies.

As UK TV owners we aren't funding BBC Worldwide, who will provide iPlayer Europe.
dazedandconfused 15th June 2011, 21:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
£6/month?

That's a considerably better deal than we get here!

Lol while i understand the point youre making, i do feel i should point out that you can use iplayer without owning a tv license, youre just not allowed to watch live streams.
wiak 16th June 2011, 03:16 Quote
iPad only is soo epic fail
loftie 16th June 2011, 23:01 Quote
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iPad only is soo epic fail

Lies it's magic!!!! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRwBpjm2kQE&feature=related

And as for BBC iPlayer - I recommend the rest of the world start watching Eastenders. I mean it's only fair, if we have to have it so do you :P
Kilometrico 19th June 2011, 05:00 Quote
ABC did this in Australia with ABC iView and it's free! :)
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