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  • Message 1. Posted by Kingcup49 (U10069041) on Thursday, 18th October 2007 permalink

    Why can't I get this service in Canada. Having moved here its anoying I can' get any BBC tv! Are there any plans to allow us "ex-pats" to be able to access iPlayer?

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  • Message 2. Posted by ElaineMB (U10092783) on Saturday, 20th October 2007 permalink

    Hi there, I am also not in the UK, as I am living in Portugal. I am doing an OU course and they suggested watching "The Nature of Britain" series. I thought oh well will not beable to watch it, then heard about iplayer and thought yippiii but I was greatly disappointed when it told me that as I was outside the UK could not watch them...why??..we are all supposed to be in one common union!!!

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  • Message 3. Posted by cjohnson103 (U8527375) on Sunday, 21st October 2007 permalink

    Why on earth should you have access?

    Do you even pay a UK TV Licence fee?

    Cheek!

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  • Message 4. Posted by kink2000 (U1090273) on Sunday, 21st October 2007 permalink

    Exactly - the service is provided for licence fee payers, its not really free, its just another service which the licence fee apparently pays for.

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  • Message 5. Posted by buglawton (U8979944) on Monday, 22nd October 2007 permalink

    I think what the poster really means is, why can't access be available at a realistic annual subscription. It is because the BBC sells (or may want to sell) the same programmes to international broadcasters and seems unable to negotiate agreements to do this while at the same time holding the right to market the iPlayer service internationally.

    Pity.

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  • Message 6. Posted by The Phazer (U815970) on Tuesday, 23rd October 2007 permalink

    It is because the BBC sells (or may want to sell) the same programmes to international broadcasters and seems unable to negotiate agreements to do this while at the same time holding the right to market the iPlayer service internationally.


    Less about being able to sell it's programmes and more about buying in the rights for those programmes in the first place. Music/book/extract rights etc are often sold by territory, and buying them for all territories is oders of magnitude more expensive than it is for UK only, so the BBC can't afford to do it.

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  • Message 7. Posted by judehk (U10128846) on Tuesday, 23rd October 2007 permalink

    License fee is really irrelevant as there is no check that the user has paid their license fee.

    What gets me is that you are encouraged to registered and then download and install the software without being told an overseas viewer is note eligible to view the programmes. At least save us all the trouble and tell users earlier on.

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  • Message 8. Posted by kink2000 (U1090273) on Wednesday, 24th October 2007 permalink

    Surely its in the T+C's you click you agree to when installing the software.

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  • Message 9. Posted by gottago (U4570385) on Wednesday, 24th October 2007 permalink

    @ judehk. If you have a device on which you can view television programmes on such as TV, computer, TV on your mobile, you're expected to pay the licence fee. That's why iPlayer is only available in the UK as if you're reading this and live in the UK, you should be paying your licence fee anyway. Therefore there doesn't exactly need to be a check.

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  • Message 10. Posted by JingsJeeWhizEtc (U8860584) on Wednesday, 24th October 2007 permalink

    Er, even though I despise the rationale behind iPlayer I even more despise the European rationale.

    If the Euros want to watch BBC programmes, either pay for them or contribute via licence fee, like we British have to.

    You don't get something for nothing.

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