The app will make British TV shows such as Little Britain, A Bit Of Fry And Laurie and Absolutely Fabulous available for iPad users through the App store for a monthly subscription fee of AU$9.49 or AU$89.99 a year (as expected).
The app enables users to stream and to download shows for offline viewing for when Wi-Fi or 3G connectivity is not available.
Jana Bennett, president of Worldwide Networks and global BBC iPlayer, said: “We launched the global BBC iPlayer because we think there’s an untapped market for the ‘best of British’ shows, both for Brits living abroad and for all those people we know have a love of great British television, nowhere more so than Australia.”
However, first impressions suggest that it is not as good as the ‘full’ iPlayer that is available in the UK. The BBC must protect deals with Australian broadcasters where they have sold shows exclusively, so these will be missing. It looks like they will be relying on archive content.
There is no Match of The Day either which is disappointing.
When you can get a fake VPN to access the real iplayer for free, or find MOTD online for fee, im not sure that people will rush to get this ‘light’ version for $89.99.
Maybe it will improve in time?
Please let us know what you think below.
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