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BBC Releasing Subscription-Based Service For iPlayer On The iPad
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LogoThe BBC announced that it has plans to create a subscription-based service to access content currently only available through iPlayer — an on-demand video service available for free to citizens within the UK.

This means shows like Doctor Who, Torchwood, Merlin, and many others will be available worldwide the same time it’s released in Britain.

The service will get ported over to the iPad first in a subscription-based business model, although iPlayer on mediums will likely be a combination of advertisement and paid subscription moving forward, according to the BBC.

Why only offer iPlayer on an iPad? My personal assumption is because of the proven track record that iOS has for getting its customers to pay for content. Also, since so many fans have been forced to stream or pirate BBC content that they couldn’t find available anywhere else, this offers a solid first step into making money off of something that essentially has been “free” (albeit, stolen).

This news comes just as the BBC’s streaming media deal ended with Netflix, which saw four seasons of Doctor Who removed as well as many others.

More news as it develops…

[Source: Paid Content UK]

3 Comments »

  1. Dude,
    I wish they would just go ahead and quit hogging all that content across the pond and let us have a US iplayer subscription without an iPad.
    What really sucks is SCYFY channel running Merlin a season late. I mean serious WTF? Why can’t people get it through their heads that they could capitalize on this content stateside with regular TV or Netflix even.
    Sometimes I wonder WTF people are thinking. Then again why can’t BBC America just show it instead of reruns of Star Trek TNG and Top Gear ALL THE F’N TIME!

    Comment by SilentJay74 — December 6, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

  2. It’s all down to profits and them not being allowed to profit too much. We in the UK are paying for all of these programs through a forced ‘TV license’. When the license is abolished, then perhaps you yanks will get paid access to it. But it’s not going to be abolished, so suck it up.

    Comment by Lemon Berry — December 9, 2010 @ 7:09 am

  3. […] The global iPlayer service, which will offer BBC shows like Doctor Who and Top Gear on demand, is intended as a one-year pilot aimed at generating new income for the BBC back in Britain. The BBC first announced its intentions for a paid, iPad-only global iPlayer in December 2010. […]

    Pingback by BBC launches iPad-only global iPlayer service in 11 countries | VentureBeat — July 28, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

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