The BBC have opened up the iPad app to continental Europe, the app previously open available in the UK differs from the domestic version by offering an archive of content rather than content from the last 7 days and also offers content from other UK providers. The app also has offline viewing which is a  feature I really want to see in the UK version.

The app will cost €6.99 a month (€49.99 for an annual subscription) and will be available in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

Aside from its name, look and feel, the commercial global BBC iPlayer shares very little with its wonderful cousin, the UK BBC iPlayer, which offers an on demand and catch-up experience across eight terrestrial TV channels and 40 radio stations for a licence-fee-paying audience. The global BBC iPlayer is a very different proposition, for a different audience: the underlying technology and subscription business model are different, the rights are acquired on a territory by territory basis, and above all its content is different: 1,500 hours of shows dating from last week back to the 1950’s, selected and curated by our brilliant team of editors.

via the BBC Wordwide blog

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