BBC Global iPlayer Arrives in Canada, Taunts American Anglophiles

BBC Global iPlayer

Canadian iPad owners interested in plumbing the depths of the BBC’s archives have a new option. The BBC global iPlayer app is now available in Canada for folks willing to pay $9 a month or $84.99 a year, though no word on a US release. Although only available on the iPad at the moment, the global iPlayer app is expected to make its way to the rest of the iOS products in the near future. I was a bit surprised to hear how the global app differs from the app in the UK. It seems like the folks in the UK would have unfettered access to BBC content new and old, not be the only ones restricted to recent shows.

“We’re proud to be building on the successful launch of this app by introducing it to Canada,” said Jana Bennett, the president of worldwide networks and global iPlayer at BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. “It will open up the opportunity for a whole new audience to enjoy the best moments from seventy years of brilliant BBC programmes, wherever and whenever they want.”