Later this month the BBC iPlayer will no longer be available to those outside of the UK

The subscription based version of the BBC iPlayer for those outside of the UK, BBC iPlayer Global, is getting the axe, the BBC announced yesterday. From May 26 and June 26 those with subscriptions to BBC’s catch-up service outside of the UK will no longer be able to use it. The dates are pretty confusing, but it simply means that the dates above will be the last day you can access the service whenever your subscription ends within that month-long period.

The reason for the closure is due to the BBC facing stiff competition from the likes of Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon’s Prime Video services. The BBC has previously noted that these services have prevented iPlayer from growing globally as quickly as they’d like. They have revealed though that new digital services are being developed instead.

As for UK residents, the iPlayer will still work for you. This just applies to those who used the Global Player. Of course, you’ll still need to pay a TV license in order to watch live shows on the iPlayer.

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