The BBC has announced plans to make its popular iPlayer online video platform available outside UK for a subscription fee – adding fuel to the argument for scrapping , or at least reducing, the TV licence fee.
Although there has been no official statement yet from the BBC Trust, the announcement was made by John Smith, Chief Executive of BBC Worldwide. In an inteview with The Telegraph he stated: “Not only will that mean international fans of, for example, Doctor Who can get their fix legitimately, but it has the potential of opening up a new revenue stream for the entire UK production industry.” Currently the iPlayer is restricted only to UK users.
“Our research has shown there is an international audience of British TV fans that are frequently watching TV online – and we are excited about rolling out our iPlayer VOD service to meet and grow this demand.” announced Luke Bradley-Jones, Managing Director of the Global iPlayer.
“We strongly believe the Global iPlayer is going to offer an excellent opportunity for the UK’s creative industry to directly reach much sought after digital audiences and revenue streams around the world.”