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BBC shows now available in Germany on iPad

The Local · 28 Jul 2011, 12:46

Published: 28 Jul 2011 12:46 GMT+02:00

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A range of BBC shows, both new and old, will be available, though the app will be limited for now to owners of iPads.

“The app will allow millions of Brits living abroad to experience the pleasure of home away from home through a rich archive of classic and contemporary British programmes,” the public broadcaster said in a statement released Thursday.

Some content, such as clips and single episodes of TV series, will be available for free, but a subscription service will be needed for most on-demand content. The subscription costs €6.99 per month or €49.99 per year.

The iPlayer app is available at www.bbc.com/iplayer/tv. It was launched across Western Europe on Thursday.

The UK version of the BBC’s iPlayer is also available on Android, Google's operating system used on many handheld devices. But the new global version, which is being launched for a trial phase, is restricted to Apple's iPad only.

The app has eight categories – news and documentary, entertainment, drama, comedy, science and nature, family and kids, music and culture, and lifestyle. The BBC said in its statement that hours of new programming would be added each day.

There will be also be curated collections of programmes around such topics as David Attenborough or the history of the British Royal Family.

The British version has come under fire for being available only via a Wi-Fi internet connection. This will also be the case for the global version, but the BBC said in its statement that the app allowed both streaming and downloading, so that shows could be watched offline when the subscriber can’t access a Wi-Fi spot.

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The global version of the app is being sold by BBC Worldwide, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC that aims to raise revenues from around the world. People living in Britain pay for the BBC through TV licence fees.

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13:10 July 28, 2011 by The-ex-pat
Top Gear in German, I would love to see the the dubbed version dealing with "a growler" ROLF.........

PS, Subscription costs €6.99 per month or €49.99 per year. I did not tell you this, but SKY UK must supply free SKY cards for viewing terrestrial TV via satellite (BBC, BBC2, ITV , CH4 And CH5) upon request, though you do need a UK address to send it to..........
13:42 July 28, 2011 by freechoice
Basel doing a Hitler rendition on the Local German edition?

How wicked is that?
16:02 July 28, 2011 by Jimberlin
Stupid to have this pic here.. please change
18:03 July 28, 2011 by Ludinwolf
I dont see nothing wrong with this pic as slowly germany starting to make jokes about this evil retarded man.

I love Fawlty Towers!
18:06 July 28, 2011 by lucksi
Gee, lighten up Jimberlin. It's not like it's the Hitler salute and even if it was, it is comedy. Maybe you should check in the farthest corner of your cellar, there might be a dusty tome about humour...


As for Top Gear, you can already get it dubbed in German. It sucks.
18:21 July 28, 2011 by vonSchwerin

You started it! You invaded Poland!

Anyone having Colditz Salad for lunch today?
21:04 July 28, 2011 by jg.

Your spelling is faulty, Basil is Mr. Fawlty and Basel is a place in Switzerland.

About the Sky Viewing Card: AFAIK, these are not free - Sky charge 20 quid for these. An alternative (which does not require a UK address) is to buy a Freesat satellite receiver from Argos, Comet or Currys - these boxes require no cards or subscriptions of any kind.
10:37 July 29, 2011 by freechoice

thanks! basil with mozzarella cheese and tomato is my favourite!! fyi any freesat from Mediamarkt or Saturn are able to receive BBC and ITV channels in Germany.
12:13 July 29, 2011 by MrBowlocks
Personally, I have always found that particular episode of Fawlty Towers cringeworthy and tasteless, but I find the use of this particular image by the editorial team of the Local could be considered unconsionable and insulting. In Germany strict laws apply regarding 'Hitler salutes' and I wonder if you are not opening yourselves to the risk of procecution for promoting racial hatred, which is, after all, what this pose supposedly represents. On the other hand, if this action is actually a ruse to expose the peurile and hypocritical stance of modern Germany's attempts to sweep all these references under the carpet and to 'not mention ze war' for risk of legal reprisal, whilst repressing freedom of speech and and open forum of discussion, then I take my hat off to you!
16:40 July 29, 2011 by gazurtoids

That's all very well but, in case you hadn't noticed, Basil Fawlty is not making a Nazi salute in that picture, so your concerns are actually not relevant.
16:59 July 29, 2011 by BlueWolf
I am also not saying this, but you can get all the major UK tv channels live, for about the same fee as the BBC is asking for repeats.

Just (not) saying.
18:59 July 29, 2011 by MrBowlocks

I would suggest that you try emulating Basil's stance in a public place anywhere in Germany and see how much difference it makes! And I think you mean aposite. My concerns certainly are relevant for anyone who lives in Germany and values free speech.
04:23 July 30, 2011 by vonSchwerin
What Basil is doing -- since this was Fawlty Towers -- is satire. Also, it's a television programme. So it's art. Both categories are protected. I suspect that the authorities would not prosecute theater actors or even a legitimate performance artist.

Lest you think that Germany has NO sense of humor about this sort of thing, you might check out Adolf, die Nazisau, by Walter Moers, or the movie Mein Führer - Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler.
12:32 July 30, 2011 by jg.
"fyi any freesat from Mediamarkt or Saturn are able to receive BBC and ITV channels in Germany."

True, but the Free To Air boxes commonly sold in Germany and elsewhere are not quite the same as the Freesat boxes in the UK. The Freesat boxes have some extra code that allows the use of the full non-standard EPG broadcast with the English channels (useful for recording) and access to ITV HD. More info from Freesat : www.freesat.co.uk/
13:09 July 30, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
hm I don't really see the point...

Right now I get BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five via Freesat which doesn't cost me a penny. And call me old-fashioned, but watching TV on a tablet (or any computer) just isn't the same to me as sitting back in my livingroom and being able to enjoy it on my television screen. Even if somehow I could stream iPlayer content to my TV with this new service, I still like the convenience of just having one multifeed satellite receiver and having both the German and British TV channels at my disposal at the click of a button on my remote.
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