Watching the BBC is cheaper if you don't live in the UK

16 September 2013

It costs £145.50 for a TV licence in the UK, so we can watch great shows like Homes Under The Hammer. But those living in Europe, Canada and Australia are getting access to the BBC for a knockdown price of just £4 a month.

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An annual pass costing £52 gives people living abroad access to the BBC Global iplayer, and also they can watch vintage shows in the BBC archive - like Blackadder and Fawlty Towers - that aren’t available to viewers in the UK.

The Global iplayer is available through iTunes and is undergoing expansion, featuring 2000 hours of current programming and classic BBC shows. Inevitably, the Tories are furious that FORIEGNERS are allowed to watch the BBC at a lower price, and MP Conor Burns is campaigning to have the licence fee reduced using the profits from the Global iplayer.

‘It is an outrage that they are selling content to oreign nationals at a cheaper rate than to those in the UK who are obliged to pay the licence fee.’ He huffed, almost knocking over his decanter of port.

But the BBC shrugged off the ‘outrage’ saying: 'Unlike the UK BBC iPlayer, the Global iPlayer is not a seven-day catch-up service, and it does not offer the same breadth or amount of content available to the UK licence fee payer. Profits generated by BBC Worldwide are returned to the BBC for the ultimate benefit of the licence fee payer.’

Which means they're laughing at John Cleese hitting a car with a tree branch, we get to see more homegrown wonders like Cowboy DIY Bodgers series 109. That’s fair, isn’t it?

TOPICS:   Consumer Advice   TV   Technology

15 comments

  • Alexis
    But iPlayer is free. It's not live TV. So it's £52 cheaper than those who want to watch it abroad. You are not 'obliged' to pay the licence fee if you just want to watch iPlayer. Does this Conor Burns know ANYTHING?
  • Touchwood
    As Alexis has stated, a licence is not required in the UK if the viewer is only watching iPlayer. Of course, the BBC is unlikely to publicise this in any of its arguments on this subject.
  • Sarah
    "selling content to oreign nationals " Spell-checker not working this morning?
  • HW
    I believe the BBC channels abroad also show adverts, so generating additional income.
  • Chris
    "But those living in Europe, Canada and Australia are getting access to the BBC for a knockdown price of just £4 a month. An annual pass costing £52..." I forgot there were 13 months in a year. The Global iPlayer is entirely different from our iplayer, and you can watch old BBC shows just like the global iplayer at a cost on iTunes and BT Vision etc. Nothing to see here.
  • Jeebus
    "I believe the BBC channels abroad also show adverts, so generating additional income." They do.
  • Me
    Never paid for tv licence and never will!
  • Clive
    So the BBC pay out fairyland amounts to their leaving staff. They were very threatening when I lived in the UK over the TV license. Now they cannot trace online viewers or do anything about the free filmon service. Sounds about right now, the TV vans are becoming obsolete. I did enjoy the Prom coverage though.
  • Chewbacca
    The BBC are liberal fuckers. Search "BBC"+"London"+"white flight" to see the fucking shameful way in which they tried to portray mass immigration as a good thing, particularly when white people who had lived there for years felt they had to leave.
  • Han S.
    @Chewbacca - I suggest you fuck off back to Kashyyyk then.
  • What T.
    @Hand Shandy Do you prefer tops or half 'n' half?
  • Watching g.
    [...] Watching the BBC is cheaper if you don’t live in the UK  [...]
  • Liam
    Reduced price for reduced service that reduces our licence fee - what's the issue?
  • HW
    ^ this
  • Chewbacca
    @One Hand That's lacist. Anyway, my point is valid. The BBC are a mouthpiece for the liberal "multiculturalism" experiment. Even when it has obviously failed, the BBC still tow the party line. The fucking morons.

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