For anyone who is paying the £145.50 annual fee for the TV Licence, it seem strange as to why someone living outside the UK can watch the BBC’s catch up TV service, the iPlayer through an app for the iPad, for an annual fee of just £72!
Of course, this service is yet to be launched; it has only just been announced by the director general Mark Thompson, as he spoke at the FT Digital Media & Broadcasting conference in London.
According to the BBC director general Mark Thompson, “I believe that there’s a strong case for the UK’s broadcasters, mobile phone operators, Ofcom and government to come together to develop a roadmap for the introduction of mobile TV in this country,”
He finished off by saying, “This would be complementary to the availability of TV content on demand, whether streamed or cached on the device and would enable the public to access time-critical content – news, major sports events and so on – wherever they are.”
Apps are a great way for selling the service to a wider audience abroad, usually content from the BBC is blocked abroad and the content is different on the iPlayer than the TV Licence fee payer can experience on the BBC channels, hence the price difference and the iPlayer is free to use in the UK too!
Source [The Guardian]