BBC Launches 'iPlayer Radio' App in the U.S. App Store

BBC today released its iPlayer Radio app stateside, so American users on both iOS and Android can now tune in to BBC radio stations airing content from the United Kingdom (via TechCrunch). The iOS app launched in its native territory in 2012, with today marking the first time the company has expanded its app-based radio content to users outside of the U.K.

BBC iPlayer Radio app
The iPlayer Radio app supports offline listening for BBC podcasts, curated selections of radio highlights for each user, and a daily schedule that makes sifting through the service's content quick and easy. The app can even serve as an alarm clock to wake users up to a specific radio show, and conversely allow them to fall asleep without the worry of the app playing all night with "night mode."
- Listen live to BBC Radio stations from the World Service and across the UK
- Catch up or listen again to your favourite BBC Radio programmes
- Download podcasts to enjoy anywhere, even when offline
- Browse and listen to carefully curated BBC Radio highlights and collections
- View daily schedules and categories quickly and easily
- Discover audio and video clips, including many live performances
- See what tracks are playing on air as well as track lists for on demand programmes
- Wake up to and doze off to BBC Radio with a built-in alarm clock and night mode
Those interested can download the BBC iPlayer Radio app for free from the iOS App Store today. [Direct Link]



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34 months ago

Great. So I'm paying £145.50 for my TV license so people in other countries can enjoy BBC content for free. How is that fair?


The clue is in the name - you are paying for the TV license. This is radio only. You don't pay a license for radio.

Anyway, its a great app - I have been using the website for years to listen to my favorite shows but it doesn't work properly with lock screen controls.

Hopefully they will add the iPlayer TV app and charge us ex-pats a subscription - they are leaving money on the table by not doing so. I don't think it would breach the terms of their public charter.
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34 months ago
Strange, not sure how they will justify giving their content away free when it is paid for through the British television licence fee.
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34 months ago

Strange, not sure how they will justify giving their content away free when it is paid for through the British television licence fee.


Exporting British culture to the world can be argued as a good investment. So long as taxpayers paying into the service still get the same access that they've always had, there's no harm in giving it away to international audiences that couldn't be taxed anyway and whereas charging for it would not bring in enough revenue to justify the effort.
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34 months ago

Cue the "not seeing it yet"s.


I'm not seeing them yet
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34 months ago
American friends.....'Radio 6' is well worth your time.
cheers
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34 months ago
Great. So I'm paying £145.50 for my TV license so people in other countries can enjoy BBC content for free. How is that fair?
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34 months ago

Great. So I'm paying £145.50 for my TV license so people in other countries can enjoy BBC content for free. How is that fair?


It's worth remembering that this app is provided by BBC Worldwide, the BBC's for-profit commercial arm - which exists to exploit BBC assets outside the UK and to return those profits to the BBC for it to invest as it sees fit.

As an example, BBC America is a channel you can only get via a paid subscription to your TV provider, it is not free to air. This particular radio offering probably has a cost for BBC Worldwide in that they likely pay a fee to make the content available here in the US, but it actually costs you or any other UK license payer for that matter absolutely nothing. To that end, the very existence of BBC Worldwide probably means you actually pay less for your license than you otherwise would - and some of *your* reduction probably DOES come from our pockets here in the US for those of us who pay for a TV service which includes access to BBC America.

In any event, the radio app is more likely than not a simple toe in the water to gauge interest in BBC radio programming and maybe test the market appetite. I and I'm sure many others would be happy to pay for access to BBC programming via iPlayer if that ever became available here in the US.
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34 months ago

American friends.....'Radio 6' is well worth your time.
cheers

BBC 6 Music if you please, but yes it's probably the best station there is. And to think the BBC were going to shut it down!
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34 months ago

A proportion of the TV license pays for BBC radio.
http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/what-does-your-licence-fee-pay-for-top13


Because they are trying to make the fee look like better value. The point is the fee is largely for TV access, they have TV detectors, prosecute people for watching without a fee and have always restricted access outside of the U.K. They don't do this with radio, probably because it is a minuscule part of the fee. They have had the World Service for years (decades) and nobody complained.

I'm just making the point that it's ridiculous to complain that people outside the UK are somehow better off because they don't pay a TV license (but not unusual for the whiny world we live in now). Try watching US TV for a while - that is really something to complain about.
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