With the launch of Top Gear on iTunes in the USA – but not here in the UK I thought I’d take a look at what was on iTunes there but not here.
Although it isn’t ‘really’ Top Gear on the iTunes store in the USA – it is in the sense that it includes Jeremy, James, Richard and the Stig – that it has the Top Gear name and that parts of it did appear on BBC Two originally.
But it isn’t in the sense that it is the cut down (for adverts and non-relevant news content) version for BBC America – that also has different music in certain parts to the original.
So first lets look at all the shows from BBC Worldwide on iTunes here in the UK:
Gavin and Stacey
The Mighty Boosh
Life on Mars
Ashes to Ashes
I’m Alan Partridge
The Catherine Tate Show
The Young Ones
Spooks Code 9
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps
The League of Gentlemen
Dr Terrible’s House of Horrible
The Keith Barret Show
Michael Palin’s New Europe
I Am Not an Animal
The Wrong Door
The Secret Show
Now we’ll look at the BBC America shows on iTunes in the USA:
Primeval (not in UK)
Skins (Channel 4 in the UK)
Gavin and Stacey
Doctor Who: Classic Series
How clearly there isn’t nearly as much there as there is on the UK version – but BBC America is one network whereas BBC Worldwide has four networks plus a massive archive to draw on.
But its interesting that the American version has Top Gear and the new/old versions of Doctor Who available for download.
We have none of those on the UK version of the iTunes store.
I guess the main reason is one of rights and I imagine that’s also the reason more shows haven’t been added to the American store.
After all – surely you’d want as bigger stock as possible as the only real cost (I’m assuming) is rights and that would be covered by any download sales.
Actually lets look at costs. Some things are pretty fair – a series of Little Britain will cost you £9.99 or £1.89 per episode.
In the US store it is $11.94 for the series (six episodes) or $1.99 per episode.
At the current exchange rate that would be £7.28 for the series or £1.21 per episode.
For anyone interested Top Gear series 10 (9 episodes) is currently on the US store for $14.99 (or $1.99 per episode).
Oh and why is Bonekickers listed under ITV – are the BBC that ashamed of it (I actually thought it was pretty good).