The BBC will this week start offering BBC TV shows on the iTunes Store.

According to no less a source than The Reg, BBC Worldwide (the bit of the Beeb that is allowed to fleece us for cash with our knowledge), will announce the move this week.

The BBC already distributes some of its shows for free through BBC iPlayer. Rivals Channel 4 and Channel 5 have similar, free services. But BBC Worldwide is commercial, and makes oodles of cash by flogging DVDs and books, so it may be that the iTunes content will be paid for.

So, as well as getting ready-made TV for your iPod, it could be that you no longer need to collect tokens in the Daily Pigswill to get that Bergerac compendium you've always wanted.

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