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"...at £145 a year, the BBC costs quite a bit more"

Because anyone in the world can have free access




The BBC website and radio is free, although ad-supported outside the UK.

Only BBC television costs £145 a year.


I've never seeds ads on BBC website or radio outside of the UK. Do you have more info on this?


It's a thing, at least in the US. Perhaps try a few countries with a VPN.


bbc.com has ads, not bbc.co.uk.


BBC iplayer is free to access throughout the world. That's pretty much all of the TV output.


Theoretically you are obliged to buy a TV license if you watch iPlayer.


Alas, no.

> BBC iPlayer only works in the UK.

> Sorry, it’s due to rights issues.


"BBC iPlayer only works in the UK"

Yes, of course??


Last time I tried it (from Spain) it told me I need to be in the UK.


Sorry, since this is Hacker News, I assumed people would have a basic understanding of how the iplayer knows your location and how trivial a matter it is to circumvent?

Since I spend 9 months of the year in Spain I use a vpn by default and I access iplayer just the same way I would back home.

The not free aspect amounts to a tick box to say you have a licence. To most people on the internet today this does mean it is free.

The point was to explain why the bbc is expensive compared to netflix since it is a lot less convenient to get content for nothing.

Yes, I do have a licence and subscribe to netflix as well as prime. The point was theoretical.


iplayer radio is free around the world. TV is not.


Yes it is.




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