As any UK resident knows, it’s a royal pain in the bum to click on a link, only to see the infamous “We’re sorry, currently our video library can only be streamed within the United States” error message from Hulu. Likewise, residents outside the UK are unable to view videos from BBC’s iPlayer.
However, according to a report by the Financial Times, the BBC will soon be launching an iPlayer application for the iPad, initially for US residents only. The BBC broadcasts many excellent films and programmes, as well as many world-renowned radio shows. (In fact, the BBC is the world’s largest broadcaster, and Cold War British nuclear submarines used the presence of Radio 4 to determine if the UK had been nuked.)
In the UK, every resident with a telly is required to pay a yearly television licence, which allows broadcasting stations like the BBC to operate. Obviously, since US residents are not bound by this tax, the iPlayer application will have a subscription fee. Hopefully they will learn from Hulu’s mistakes, and charge a reasonable amount.