BBC iPlayer for iPad Coming: But, Is it Much Too Late for Anyone to Care?

I enjoy watching a number of BBC programs, mostly science fiction. Fortunately, BBC America carries or carried a number of my favorites: Dr. Who, Torchwood, Life on Mars, MI-5, Robin Hood, Survivors and Primeval. Unfortunately, it is often the case that we see these shows on BBC America months after their debut. And, some programs, as far as I am aware, were never available on cable channels I have access to (Red Dwarf comes to mind). If the BBC had made their iPlayer content available in the U.S. several years ago, I probably would have subscribed. But, today? I’m not sure what to make of this news provided by paidContent UK:

BBC Plans Subscription-Only U.S. iPlayer On iPad

BBC TV program content is available in the U.S. via BBC America, iTunes, Netflix and other sources. Are people today willing to pay yet another subscription fee for BBC iPlayer streaming video content? I don’t think I am. I would prefer BBC provide its content through an existing service in the U.S. like Netflix or Hulu. It would simply and reduce the number of subscriptions and apps to maintain. And, note that no subscription price is mentioned in the article. Then, there’s the fact that the iPlayer app will only be available for the iPad leaving users of other mobile platforms (Android, for example) completely out of the action.