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International iPlayer will cost £6 a month

BBC soon to launch iPad app for overseas viewers

An iPlayer app for Apple's iPad that will allow web users outside the UK to use the BBC catch-up TV service will cost just over £6 per month.

According to Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, who was speaking at the Financial Times Digital Media and Broadcasting conference in London, the app will be priced at "a small number of dollars per month, definitely fewer than 10".

This means the app will cost a total of £73.75 a year, which is less than the current colour TV licence fee of £145.50 that Brits have to fork out to watch TV in the UK.

"We're exploring internationally what the right pricing and models are ... the most important thing is the consumer pricing is right."

However, the BBC has yet to reveal the exact content that will be available through the international iPlayer app and when it will be made available.

"The global iPlayer will not be the BBC's entire UK services for a year wrapped up in an app. It will be a combination of current and past shows, editorially tailored for different international audiences," a spokesman for the BBC told The Telegraph.

"The licence fee entitles UK households to receive 10 TV channels, 15 national and 40 local radio services, BBC Online, BBC Mobile and BBC iPlayer - all free at the point of use. This access to new, live content via TV, radio and online is clearly very different from the great British programmes that will be available on the global iPlayer."

See also: BBC iPlayer offers shows from ITV and other broadcasters


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