Are you going to have to pay for BBC's iPlayer?
The BBC's iPlayer is great isn't it? All those TV shows, just sat there waiting to be watched and caught-up with. For a week. And at a set-volume if you're using the PS3 app. But still, pretty great. The volume goes up to 11 you know?
God bless the BBC.
But wait! What's this? The notion that we'll have to pay to use it is being floated around? REALLY?
The BBC are currently playing down the idea that the catch-up TV iPlayer will start charging in the UK. Reports have been suggesting that the BBC have been looking at a pay-per-view model, but it appears that this may only be the case for shows that have passed the seven-day window.
"We never stop future-gazing at the BBC and there are always a number of new ideas under discussion,” the BBC said in a statement. “Any such ideas would need to be developed in conjunction with the industry and with rights-holders and they would certainly not lead to a two-tier licence fee."
The idea is that, Auntie Beeb could ask for payment on archived shows with a model that would unlock “80 years of history.” That basically means you can watch old episodes of the Old Grey Whistle Test or old news bulletins and the like via a micropayment.
Doesn't seem so bad now.