Friday, March 09, 2012

BBC Project Barcelona video store would tackle iTunes

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The BBC is reportedly developing a video download store that is expected to serve as a competitor to iTunes. The service, referred to as Project Barcelona, is said to allow users to download BBC television shows, including new programming and older content.

The shows are said to be available as full downloads, rather than a rental scheme that places time limits on viewing, unnamed sources have told PaidContent.

The company already offers a digital streaming service known as iPlayer, which lists many shows for a 30-day window after the program initially airs. Some of the shows are then offered through other services such as iTunes, though the range of content is said to represent only a small fraction of the BBC library.

Shows are expected to be available to download immediately after the initial airing, with prices around £1.89 per show (~$3 USD). The company has yet to officially confirm the plans, however, leaving the final details unclear.

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