BBC iPlayer app and Video service now available in Canada

The global BBC iPlayer App, a unique video on demand (VOD) pilot subscription service available on the iPad, is now available in Canada.

Now available in sixteen countries outside of the U.K, the subscription services lets viewers watch shows from an extensive archive of award-winning classic and contemporary British TV programming.

“We’re proud to be building on the successful launch of this App by introducing it to Canada. It will open up the opportunity for a whole new audience to enjoy the best moments from seventy years of brilliant BBC programmes, wherever and whenever they want.” said BBC Worldwide President Jana Bennett.

Starting today, iPad owners who download the free App from the App store will have access to a free episode every day until Christmas Day for no charge and without having to sign up to the monthly or annual subscription. The free content includes a festive themed variety of the best of BBC and the best of British creativity including Christmas specials from iconic shows Only Fools and Horses and Absolutely Fabulous, plus 12 Days of Gavin and Stacey, Jamie Oliver’s The Naked Chef – The Christmas Party, and Blackadder’s Christmas Carol dependent on availability per country.

Viewers will also be able to sample selected shows for free before subscribing.

Canadians can subscribe to the service for $8.99 a month or $84.99 for an annual subscription. A subscription offers access to iconic British comedies such as Fawlty Towers, Absolutely Fabulous and Only Fools & Horses as well as contemporary sitcoms and sketch shows including Gavin and Stacey and Little Britain. Viewers can also watch new drama series Whitechapel and Spooks, classic period dramas such as the British Pride and Prejudice starring Colin Firth, recent episodes of the UK’s famous soap EastEnders, global motoring phenomenon Top Gear, the Doctor Who archive, natural history programmes Blue Planet and Horizon, and the children’s show Charlie & Lola.

Other features includ specially curated collections of programmes which give viewers an opportunity to explore more content from the archive and a weekly-updated BBC News Programme collection offering topical news shows broadcast such as the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs programme, Newsnight.

For iPad WiFi owners who want to watch while away from home, the app allows subscribers to download shows for offline viewing. Another nice feature is the ability to use the iPad’s ‘Airplay’ feature to wirelessly stream videos and music to Apple TV (2nd generation) and also stream music to AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express.

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