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BBC iPlayer: Changes in 2011 – Expect Fees / Ads

Since the BBC rolled outBBC iPlayer back in 2007 it has grown massively in popularity, however it looks like a few things will be changed in 2011, both of which suggest that the BBC are losing money by offering the video-on-demand service.

The head of the BBC wants to open up the service to Europeans and North Americans, however this will obviously rocket the running costs, therefore the BBC need a way of generating income to support the service.

There are two options available to the BBC, they can either add ads or charge for the service, obviously ads are annoying, but I would much prefer to be interrupted by ads than pay for the service.

If the BBC decide to charge for the service they may charge for each program/episode individually, if not they will undoubtedly charge a monthly rate.

What would be your preference, ads or a charge for the service?

Source: Engadget


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  1. What a retarded article which completely bends the source. INTERNATIONALLY, it will be fee / advert driven – but the actual ARTICLE TITLE at Engadget makes this clear it's only for international folk.

    Learn how to write news stories would you, or get a job at the Sun.

  2. It always annoys me that even though I pay the license fee I still can't watch iPlayer programs if I happen to be in a different country on holiday or business. I also find on-line ads more annoying than those on TV because you can record TV and fast forward past the ads but on-line they prevent that.

    • Nothing is free, it is covered by your licence fee, which could also increase.

      The 'free' bandwidth model will stop working once they have their forecast number of customer, just like it does in mobile phones. Everything has been 'free' in the last decade, gradually things will revert back to paid for, unless you don't mind that you are not actually the customer who needs to be satisfied.

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