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BBC iPlayer iPad App Released in Canada with $8.99 Monthly Fee

by on November 30th, 2011

BBC iPlayer has finally been released in Canada and for the rest of the world. This ‘Global’ version of iPlayer debuts December 1st, but is already available in the App Store.

A launch event took place in downtown Toronto earlier today. BBCWW’s president of Global iPlayer, Jana Bennett, had this to say to RealScreen:

“Canada has always been an enthusiastic supporter of BBC programming, and the Global iPlayer lets us share thousands of acclaimed British shows with one of our most dedicated audiences.

“Canadian subscribers to the global iPlayer will literally have the best of the BBC at their fingertips.”

The app is a free download, and comes with a free trial for 30 selected programs on a ‘one a day basis’. After that, it will cost you $8.99CDN per month or $84.99 annually to get access to the entire BBC catalogue. Is it worth it? Maybe, if you’re a huge fan of BBC shows. That price is more expensive than the monthly cost of Netflix Canada.

iTunes description below:

Watch a selection of the best classic and contemporary British shows on demand, including Doctor Who, Top Gear and Gavin & Stacey. Download the app and explore plus enjoy free clips and taster episodes. Subscribe today for unlimited access – even when you’re offline.

– Watch high quality video and audio streaming over Wi-Fi or 3G
– Download programmes to watch even when you’re not connected
– Browse classic and contemporary programmes by Genre, Most popular, Just in and A-Z
– Set parental locks on content not suitable for kids
– Enjoy exclusive programmes that have never before been seen outside of the UK

This summer, it was reported iPlayer would be updated to include Canada, and that day has arrived. We are the 16th country to receive a localized version of iPlayer. Some shows aren’t available, such as Frozen Planet due to premiere rights (Discovery Canada co-produced the show).

Click here to download BBC iPlayer (Global)–it’s free. Let me know what you think!

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