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BBC TV shows on iTunes Store this week?

updated 09:25 am EST, Mon February 18, 2008

BBC on iTunes this week?

TV shows from the BBC may soon appear on the iTunes Store, reports claim. Cited is an anonymous source in the TV industry, who claims that BBC Worldwide will announce its plans on Tuesday. The source further suggests that Worldwide's digital media director, Simon Danker, has already contacted a number of third-party production companies to let them know of the new sales market. It is unclear whether shows would be available solely in the UK, or also on iTunes sites in Canada and the US; BBC Worldwide is said to be under pressure, however, to send more income from selling shows to the core of the BBC, given a dwindling benefit from TV license fees.

The BBC will be be adopting Apple video formats in at least one regard, as its iPlayer catch-up service is due on Macs by the end of the year. It may also appear on the Apple TV, according to BBC technology director Ashley Highfield. The catch is that while either should allow free viewing of TV shows, iPlayer as a whole is only available to UK residents, and episodes expire after a week.




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  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    One more step...

    That would be sweet if the shows were made available on the US iTunes Store. One step closer to being able to get ride of Comcast!

  1. Alric1

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Dawkins

    Kudos for the Dawkins pic!

  1. beb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I want my Dalek toys!

    What no Doctor Who?

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    this is not news...

    as the BBC is going to continue to keep content locked down to everyone except those folks living in and subscribing from the UK like they already do with their content_

    It will be screened via IP Address and locked to the iTMS-UK_

    Thank the queen for torrent files_

  1. Roger@MacNN

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Going worldwide

    I don't think it's de facto that iTunes sales will be UK-only. Probably at first, but it's not like Doctor Who is an obscure character abroad, and BBC documentaries are shown in North America all the time.

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: going worldwide

    Plus, the BBC already has a cable channel in the US (BBC America), so it's not like they don't already distribute their content here. Of course, they also have had distribution of some shows via other channels such as the Sci-Fi Channel; and it's usually on a several week delay from when it's shown in the UK. So they'd have to work that out. They wouldn't want a show downloadable on iTunes in the US before it's actually broadcast here.

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Top Gear

    Yeah! Top Gear is finally back on BBC America after being gone for a year but I would glad pay to download the episodes. It's hilarious! The best automotive show ever. I love seeing all of the exotic cars that never make here to the States.

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oops

    Sorry about the typos: Yea!... gladly... make it here...

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