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      Foreign viewers paying less for BBC shows

      Foreign viewers paying less for BBC shows - Telegraph
      Television fans outside of the UK can watch BBC programmes for a little as £52 a year, almost a third of the cost of the annual licence fee.

      Millions across Europe, Australia and Canada are getting what has been described as “the best of the BBC’s content” for as little as £4.33 a month while everyone living in Britain who has a TV has to pay a £145.50 licence fee, whether they watch it or not.

      The disparity has led to calls for the corporation to reduce the licence fee.

      The Global iPlayer, which is not currently available in the UK, has thousands of hours of drama, comedy and documentaries, the Daily Mail reported.

      This includes a vault of archive material unavailable to British viewers, such as entire series of classic shows like Dr Who, Fawlty Towers and Absolutely Fabulous.

      Conservative MP Conor Burns, who sits on the Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said that the idea that the BBC was selling the content to foreign nationals at a cheaper rate than people in the UK were obliged to pay was “monstrous”.

      Mr Burns, who described the licence fee as a “poll tax”, said: “The BBC has got the most amazing archive and content and I believe that they should engage in aggressive commercialisation to raise money firstly to invest in new programming and secondly to prevent further rises in the licence fee or to reduce licence fee.”

      But the current system was an “outrage”, he said, adding:“I thought the process of commercialisation was about selling stuff off to people overseas to flood the coffers of the BBC and bring better value to the British licence fee payer who has no choice but to pay it under penalty of court action and prison.

      The availability of the internet-based Global iPlayer has been expanding since the BBC launched a pilot on the scheme in 2011 and is described as a commercial operation “designed to generate revenues from an international digital audience that supports the licence fee.”

      European subscribers can pay 7.99 euros a month, £6.70, or opt for a yearly subscription of 74.99 euros, £63, which works out at £5.25 a month.

      Australians pay even less, with an annual fee of 89.99 Australian dollars, £52.50, and in Canada access costs just 84.99 Canadian dollars – the equivalent of £52 a year or £4.33 a month.

      Once they have signed up foreign viewers can access 2,000 hours of shows on their iPad or iPhone. They cannot live stream content, access radio, or access a catch up service available in the UK.

      A spokesperson for the BBC said: “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.

      “Global iPlayer offers paying subscribers classic and contemporary content from the BBC and UK independent producers and profits generated by BBC Worldwide are returned to the BBC for the ultimate benefit of the licence fee payer.”

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      Re: Foreign viewers paying less for BBC shows

      Typical 'Rip-off Britain' IMHO.
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