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  • Message 1. Posted by Charlie (U14860640) on Thursday, 5th May 2011 permalink

    Unfortunately, BBC iPlayer is not available outside the UK. This apparently is due to rights issues, which BBC would have to pay if the iPlayer was made available to non-UK IP addresses.
    I understand that it would be wrong to expect UK TV licence payers to foot the bill for iPlayer availability abroad. However, allowing those who wish to make use of the service while abroad to pay for it, might be just the solution for the issue.
    Would it not be possible to make iPlayer available to customers abroad on a pay-per-view basis? Or perhaps an annual fee similar to the UK TV licence? I feel sure that a large number of UK expats (myself included), but also UK TV licence payers who are temporarily abroad, would welcome such a move, and would be willing to pay to be able to access iPlayer outside of the UK.
    What are your thoughts on this BBC?
    regards,
    Charlie

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  • Message 2. Posted by Aaron iplayer Team (U13848313) on Thursday, 5th May 2011 permalink


    I would say watch this space Charlie...

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  • Message 3. Posted by hrabrovo (U14863572) on Sunday, 8th May 2011 permalink

    Would this mean that those of us abroad and over 75 would not need to pay, as in the UK? I personally can not see why we can not get BBC programmes, both TV and Radio, anywhere in the world via the internet. Just intransigence on the part of the BBC.

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  • Message 4. Posted by matt (U8621220) on Sunday, 8th May 2011 permalink

    It probably will be a subscription service, yes.

    The BBC only have online rights to make programmes available inside the UK on iPlayer.

    The rights to allow access outside the UK will cost them more and the subscription fee will help to pay for that.

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