The BBC has today launched a global iPlayer iPad app that allows users around the world to watch BBC television on their Apple tablet.
The app will offer a limited amount of content for free, plus users can pay €6.99 per month or €49.99 a year for access to the full range of content. This global version of the iPlayer includes some features not found in the UK-only version, including the ability to stream via 3G or WiFi, and support for downloading programs onto the iPad for offline viewing.
As with the UK version, the iPlayer app lets you peruse classic and current BBC programs by genre, popularity, new and A-Z. There’s also a parental lock feature for restricting content that’s not suitable for kids.
For the moment, BBC iPlayer Global is available in 11 countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. However, the United States, Canada and Australia should have access to the app before the end of the year.