BBC To Introduce iTunes Alternative For UK Media Consumers
According to a recent report from Reuters, BBC is planning an iTunes-style downloading service code name “Project Barcelona” for UK media consumers that would allows users to get recent or archived broadcasts from the BBC online store for a “modest fee”.
BBC Director General Mark Thompson did not specify a time of release or pricing information. Thompson did clarify that the software will be like going into a store and buying a DVD. It is expected that such a service would be a potential rival for iTunes and other content suppliers like Amazon and Google as well. Many BBC programs are currently offered on iTunes. There is no definite word on whether BBC will pull their apps from iTunes yet.
At this stage, there is no word if the product will be offered outside the UK yet, for now it looks like it’s something BBC is planning only for local audience.