BBC sells shows through iTunes

BBC Worldwide has struck a deal with iTunes to sell its programming through the popular online shop in the UK.

Titles will appear on iTunes after they've had their seven day run on the iPlayer, and cost the standard £1.89 per episode, though discounts will be available on full series. Programming from the BBC archives will also be available, though only ten series will be available initially and will include "Life on Mars" and "Little Britain." A spokesperson for the BBC confirmed that more series will be added in the coming weeks.

The BBC confirmed that a new revenue sharing deal had been agreed with the production companies which make the shows, but neither the BBC nor the companies

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Should be free for licence fee payers. We fund the BBC.

When it looks like the fee might be withdrawn they always harp on about what a vital part of the BBC it is and how it couldn't function without it. When something like this comes along they then then claim that this part of the business is entirely separate!

I'm still waiting for the ability to watch the BBC channels live on the internet or whatever. I'm a US citizen, but I'd happily pay for one of those Broadcast reciever licenses to get it.

The shows are also for keeps, whereas any repeats would need to be recorded using whatever to keep, and the iPlayer only keeps shows for 7 days. You could essentially build up the equivalent to a box-set of a series by downloading the episode every week, instead of having to wait 6 months after the series has finished.

It's another way to get the content out and receive revenue for it.

Personally, I wouldn't pay for them, as I already pay my license - and so can either catch them first time, a repeat, or iPlayer.

But hey, if there is a demand...

I don't get it at all. Most BBC shows are repeated - endlessly so in fact. Then there is the iPlayer. You'd have to be out of your mind to want to pay for these shows, unless they cease to be repeated. As the BBC has stated publicly that it intends to repeat more, not less, this is unlikely to happen. Completely bewildered.

Well I think the idea behind this is to make BBC programs available worldwide rather than for free only in the UK. If it's on iPlayer and you live in the UK then you don't have to pay for anything you watch through it.

(Neobond said @ #2.1)
Well I think the idea behind this is to make BBC programs available worldwide rather than for free only in the UK. If it's on iPlayer and you live in the UK then you don't have to pay for anything you watch through it.
Ah, makes sense I guess. The overseas crowd.

Make note: we were, I think almost civil to one another.

(Neobond said @ #2.1)
Well I think the idea behind this is to make BBC programs available worldwide rather than for free only in the UK. If it's on iPlayer and you live in the UK then you don't have to pay for anything you watch through it.

Also iplayer only allows you to play content from the last 7 days if I'm not mistaken.