BBC Worldwide offers festive promotion on Global iPlayer App

MUMBAI: BBC Worldwide, the BBC‘s commercial arm, has announced that the global BBC iPlayer App will be offering users a free piece of festive content every day from 1st - 25th December, exclusively from the App store, as part of a special Christmas promotion.

The service will also be available in Canada - the sixteenth territory to be added to the pilot launch.

The global BBC iPlayer App is a Video on Demand pilot subscription service available on iPad that offers viewers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Republic of Ireland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland the opportunity to delve into an extensive archive of award-winning classic and contemporary British TV programming both at home and on the move.

BBC Worldwide President of Worldwide Networks and Global iPlayer Jana Bennett said, "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."

Those who download the App for free from the App store can access an 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.

Global iPlayer GM Matthew Littleford said, "For those not familiar with the great BBC content available on the App, the festive offering is the perfect way to trial the service and get a good flavour of the quality and breadth of programmes it provides."
Those who wish to subscribe to the service can do so for a cost of €6.99 a month (or €64.99 for an annual subscription) in Europe, $8.99 a month (or $84.99 for an annual subscription) in Canada and $9.49 a month (or $89.99 for an annual subscription) in Australia. Viewers will be able to sample carefully selected content for free before subscribing.

A subscription to the global BBC iPlayer offers access to British comedies such as ‘Fawlty Towers‘, ‘Absolutely Fabulous‘ and ‘Only Fools and Horses‘ as well as contemporary sitcoms and sketch shows including ‘Gavin and Stacey‘ and ‘Little Britain‘. Viewers can also enjoy new drama series ‘Whitechapel‘ and ‘Spooks‘, classic period dramas such as ‘Pride and Prejudice‘ starring Colin Firth, recent episodes of the soap ‘EastEnders‘, motoring show ‘Top Gear‘, the ‘Doctor Who‘ archive, stunning natural history programmes ‘Blue Planet‘ and ‘Horizon‘ and the children‘s show ‘Charlie and Lola‘. 

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