We’ve been looking forward to the arrival of BBC’s iPlayer app for quite some time now. Official info has been coming out every so often, but the one thing we’ve been waiting to hear straight from the source is pricing. It’s been a long wait and while it’s not set in stone yet, we’ve finally got a little news to keep us going.
Speaking recently at the FT Digital Media & Broadcasting conference in London, BBC director general, Mark Thompson, said the BBC iPlayer will be available to those us waiting across the pond “definitely this year.” We already knew this but, it’s nice to hear again as we are still waiting. While he didn’t reveal an exact pricing structure he did say the iPad and Android app’s subscription would cost "a small number of dollars per month, definitely fewer than 10". So, there we have it, when the BBC iPlayer app finally launches, sometime this year, we won’t be paying much more than we do for our Netflix or Hulu Plus subscriptions and there's even a chance it will be cheaper -- though i'm not holding my breath.
I’m sure all you Doctor Who fans like the sound of this, if only we could get a solid release date already. We’ve been talking about this for months now and I’m sure everyone is getting a little impatient. However, there were some more details revealed. On top being a “catch-up” service for new programming, the iPlayer app will also provide us with archived content. I presume this would be similar to the archive content Hulu Plus provides. Backlogged seasons may be available to those who subscribe. Maybe you Who fans will be able to watch earlier versions of the character on your tablet! Wouldn’t that be nice?
Either way, we’re still waiting for all the info, but we’ll be sure to keep you filled in on any news we come across regarding the BBC iPlayer app. Until then, just be satisfied knowing that the app is coming this year free of an outrageous subscription price.