BBC iPlayer Planning to Go International

Next to Hulu BBC’s iPlayer is one of the Internet’s hottest content portals of original TV programming. Unfortunately, iPlayer has been limited to UK viewers who subsidize the production of the network’s TV shows via their taxes. However, we’re now getting word (thanks to T3) from BBC Worldwide’s Chief Executive, John Smith, that BBC is planning to roll out iPlayer to international markets as early as next year. Smith tells the Telegraph: “…it has the potential of opening up a new revenue stream for the entire UK production industry.” It’s unclear how the BBC plans to proceed, but the network is considering generating revenue via monthly subscription fees or in-player advertisements. Either way the general world population wins. Are you listening Hulu? [via]

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