An international version of BBC iPlayer is set to launch later this year for our friends in Western Europe which will offer restricted access to content on iPlayer. BBC fans will be able to subscribe to the service for less than $10 (under £6) a month which will be available initially to users of the Apple iPad. Programmes will be a mix of contemporary and archive content, covering music, comedy, documentaries and natural history.
The global version will come under the BBC Worldwide umbrella, and they are accordingly planning to push it out worldwide, but stepping with tentative feet. The European roll-out is expected to start late summer and will be a pilot. Access from other platforms including via web browsers and the PlayStation3 will follow in due course.
Of course, many UK citizens may appreciate full access to iPlayer from abroad so they can keep up to date on their TV programmes when away, but this seems like a feature that is unlikely to be available in the short term. The subscription service here may be useful for some, but it seems to be aimed more at people who are resident in foreign countries rather than those visiting.