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BBC to launch international iPad app

BBC's video on demand service goes global

BBC iPlayer

The BBC has announced plans to roll out its iPlayer service to iPad users in Europe.

Users in eleven European countries will be able to access content on the BBC iPlayer with a new dedicated iPad app, showcasing both old and new BBC shows.

The service will be offered on a subscription basis, and cost 6.99 euro (£6.14) per month, or 49.99 (£44) for an annual subscription. 

The iPlayer will be available to the following countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. 

The BBC plans to make the service available in North America later this year.

Read our guide to online TV to see what else you can watch online.

New and old programmes

The BBC has stated that the iPlayer will look similar to the UK version, but won’t be a carbon copy. Unlike the current version, for example, users will be able to download shows to watch later on, as opposed to streaming them. 

In addition there won’t be a seven day catch-up service, but rather a choice of new and classic shows to watch, including popular titles such as Top Gear and Doctor Who.

BBC Worldwide, who is behind this project, said the money raised through this new app will help supplement the licence-fee income.

The app is available to download from today.

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