BBC Global iPlayer Subscription App Will Close on June 26
While the BBC has said for some time that the Global iPlayer would shut down in the near future, it has finally given the date: It will shut down on June 26.
The Global iPlayer was introduced in July 2011. The app offered some ad-supported free content, but got most of its revenues from subscriptions that fell around £5.00 per month. Always considered a pilot project, the Global iPlayer offered around 2,000 hours of BBC and non-BBC content.
While the player was offered in several European countries, Canada, and Australia, it was never released in the United States. Reports said that U.S. cable providers threatened to drop the BBC America channel if the Global iPlayer were available.
Fans have know the end was near since October 2013, when BBC Worldwide first announced that it would discontinue the app. While the BBC made repeated references to the player ending, it didn't offer a firm date until today.
The iPlayer is experiencing trouble at home, as well. In March, the number of program requests to the player fell by seven percent year-over-year. This was the first decline in the player's history, and calls into question the BBC's strategy of making BBC Three an online-only channel and featuring long-form content rather than shorter clips.
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