BBC’s Global iPlayer App Will Cost Less Than $10 per Month

BBC iPlayer

We don’t yet have a release date for the BBC’s iPad exclusive international iPlayer app, but the Guardian reports that we now know it will cost less than $10 per month to watch uncut British television once it launches. Speaking at the FT Digital Media and Broadcasting conference in London, BBC director general Mark Thompson said both that the app will definitely launch this year and that it will cost “a small number of dollars per month, definitely fewer than 10.”

Thompson said that a more specific price could not yet be named because they are still “exploring internationally what the right pricing and models are… The most important thing is the consumer pricing is right.”

With the global iPlayer app, subscribers will gain access to BBC archive programming. One significant benefit to the app will be that broadcasters can release their shows in their original forms with none of the editing or reformatting common with international distribution, so international viewers can watch the programs as they were intended to be seen.