Days of free iPlayer numbered?

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Faster iPlayer means more cash

There are two great things about the BBC iPlayer - firstly it's a great way to catch up with your TV viewing and secondly, it's free. Although the days of the latter could be numbered.

In a magazine interview, the BBC's head of digital media technology, Anthony Rose, has floated the idea of tiered payment imposed by ISPs to help with bandwidth strain. Basically, the BBC is looking to boost streams of iPlayer from 800Kbit/s to 1.5Mbit/s - and Rose thinks ISPs could charge us, the humble viewer, to watch the enhanced streams.

ISPs could add higher quality iPlayer as a 'value added' component of a package, which might not impact on you. But if you happen to be on a 'free' broadband service, how would you feel if you got hit by fee to watch what essentially is funded by the licence fee? Yes, paying twice for the same thing. We don't see it happening, but we wouldn't raise an eyebrow too high if it did.

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Funnily enough I've just been watching a couple of programs on iPlayer I missed on TV last night.

Dragons Den from around the world was on iPlayer. Also, on the Ch4 equivalent, an update on the Secret Millionaire.
 
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