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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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