BBC plans western Europe launch of iPlayer app

14 Jun 2011

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The BBC is planning a western Europe rollout of its popular iPlayer app on the iPad later this year as part of plans to go global. The app will cost stg£6 per month (around €7).

According to The Guardian, BBC Worldwide president of worldwide networks Jana Bennett will tell the Banff World Television Festival today that the international version of the video player will be a “different proposition” from its UK equivalent.

The UK version showcases catch-up content only but it could be possible the international version could showcase a broader sweep of the BBC’s output.

The BBC has moved cautiously on its global subscriptions model because of obvious tensions around the TV licence-fee funded broadcaster deriving a separate global income while independent media outlets struggle in a drastically changed media landscape.

No date has yet been set for the US launch. All the content on the international iPad app will be in English.

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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