BBC iPlayer going international within a year

It is being reported that the BBC have hired Mark Smith to be the corporation’s global iPlayer launch director. BBC director general, Mark Thompson, confirmed last month that the corporation will indeed be launching a commercial version of the iPlayer, available to people around the world within a year.

With the appointment of Mark Smith to BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s commercial arm, it is understood that the BBC is quickly positioning itself for this global release of the iPlayer. Smith comes from the BBC’s Future Media and Technology group who have been in charge of the development of the iPlayer for the past five years. Recently though Smith has been acting general manager for programmes and video on demand which, as Neowin reported earlier this week, has now been given to former Microsoft video on demand expert Daniel Danker.

Luke Bradley-Jones executive VP, MD BBC.com (who Smith will report to) said of the appointment “his proven knowledge and experience in on-demand programming is exactly what we need to lead this exciting yet complex project. This new service is a key strand of our multi platform content strategy and a great new opportunity for British shows.”

It is unclear under what model the BBC will make the international version of the iPlayer available, Smith has said “the time certainly feels right to present audiences with a tailored international version of the BBC iPlayer service”.

C21 Media also reports that before working on the iPlayer at the BBC, Smith was responsible for the delivery of all the BBC Vision’s online propositions across all the TV genres. Smith has also worked for other TV distribution teams within BSKyB, Open Interactive and BT. At BT he worked on early trials of BT Vision which uses the Mediaroom platform from Microsoft that Daniel Danker, now head of iPlayer, also worked on.

Earlier this week the BBC rolled out a new version of the iPlayer to everyone in the UK. There have long been calls for the BBC to rollout its iPlayer to the world so people can access BBC programmes whenever they want.

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What about American shows like supernatural big bang theory, smallville, stargate etc big delays in coming to uk so you Americans can shut up about time delays. Also what is it with you lazy lot with having a few weeks break mid season on someat your tv making companies are crap.

As for license fee well digital tv signals equipment, programs power and everything else behind it don't come for free so stop moaning

do you get all the British News channels for international subscription if you do I will pay for a sub, when is ready.

what said,
Of course it will. The international BBC services always do. They have to be funded somehow.

Nothing against ads, if were not paying a fee, makes sense to make the money via ads.

No worries, I just had to double check myself, it was a while since I last purchased it, glad I did, have to renew it in December

BeLGaRaTh said,
Soz thought it was 149.50 I forgot at times

I'm just joshing with ya - wasn't meant to be serious. I only know the exact amount, 'cause I've recently been looking at the thing, to find my licence number

As an Ex-pat in Australia I would happily pay $300AU for subscription to get all the tv shows legally, when they are on. It would be brilliant to have the channels streamed, in HD, even more epic if you could have a time-delay so they're on at the right time of day (albeit maybe 24 hours later) instead of watching the POS commercial TV that's on here.
And yes, the people complaining about only having four channels for the £145 fee - it's about Quality, not quantity... and the Beeb really do try and make quality, though yes, they can fail sometimes.
Most of their programming is so good that the entire world watches the shows.

A colour tv licence costs £145.50 at the moment, so you're saying international peeps should pay more (Just nit-picking).

As has been stated by a few peeps so far, the licence fee covers live transmissions. While iPlayer is certainly funded by the TV license, you don't need one to access it - though at the moment, you do need to be UK based to access it. Personally I think perhaps they should offer everything that's currently on iPlayer, but instead of 5 - 10 mins after it finishes on TV, offer them say a month after. So if Doctor Who was on tonight, have it on iPlayer, viewable to UK peeps, immediately (as is currently the case), then have it on the "international" version a month after.

There should be an annual fee of £149.50 for those not from the UK to use this, if not they should reduce the licence fee we all pay here to the amount that is charged for the international service. After all BBC is supposed to be entirely funded by the licence fee payers, so if they start offering their services elsewhere then they should pay the exact same fees as ourselves.

BeLGaRaTh said,
There should be an annual fee of £149.50 for those not from the UK to use this, if not they should reduce the licence fee we all pay here to the amount that is charged for the international service. After all BBC is supposed to be entirely funded by the licence fee payers, so if they start offering their services elsewhere then they should pay the exact same fees as ourselves.

No it isn't. A significant amount of finding for the BBC comes from the BBC's commercial arms, such as BBC International, BBC Books, DVDs, etc.

BeLGaRaTh said,
There should be an annual fee of £149.50 for those not from the UK to use this, if not they should reduce the licence fee we all pay here to the amount that is charged for the international service. After all BBC is supposed to be entirely funded by the licence fee payers, so if they start offering their services elsewhere then they should pay the exact same fees as ourselves.

They wont be getting the exact same services as us. They wont be able to watch live TV like we do for a start. I'd imagine they wont get all of the TV shows either. The BBC is a not for profit organisation so they're not pocketing your money or lining some fat cat, all the money from the license is used to make the programs. By licensing it internationally they will be making extra money so they can pump that back in and make even better programs!

A little late to be doing this. In the past when we had to sit through a 6 month artifical delay to watch Dr Who on BBC America, we'd have to resort to less than legal means to get our fixes. If iPlayer was available then, I'd have paid my subscription fee on the spot. Now with only a 2 week delay, the idea isn't very attractive.

@Richard - iPlayer has always been open to people who don't pay for a TV license. I'm currently in the process of claiming a refund on my TV license, on the basis that none of my TV sets are plugged into an aerial, and they're only used for Blu-Ray / DVD playback, and using iPlayers "Catch-up" service. You only need a TV license to access iPlayer, if you intend to watch "live" streams.

I do agree about the DRM problem though - so far I've only ever gotten iPlayer downloads to work in WMP. The Desktop software is terrible.

HiroProtagonist1984 said,
@Richard - iPlayer has always been open to people who don't pay for a TV license. I'm currently in the process of claiming a refund on my TV license, on the basis that none of my TV sets are plugged into an aerial, and they're only used for Blu-Ray / DVD playback, and using iPlayers "Catch-up" service. You only need a TV license to access iPlayer, if you intend to watch "live" streams.

I do agree about the DRM problem though - so far I've only ever gotten iPlayer downloads to work in WMP. The Desktop software is terrible.


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Im guessing International people will have to pay some subscription or a fee to watch any content i persume? Seen as we pay a license fee in the UK.

SuperKid said,
Im guessing International people will have to pay some subscription or a fee to watch any content i persume? Seen as we pay a license fee in the UK.

I think it might be the method Hulu currently uses. Adverts in between shows

djdanster said,

I think it might be the method Hulu currently uses. Adverts in between shows

It'd be nice for Hulu to open up their platform to international peeps. It doesn't work in the UK - Actually, come to think about it, I don't think it works outside the United States.

HiroProtagonist1984 said,

It'd be nice for Hulu to open up their platform to international peeps. It doesn't work in the UK - Actually, come to think about it, I don't think it works outside the United States.

Yea that would be great Currently I'm using a VPN to access Hulu If it was available in the UK, I'd be sooo happy