Just last week, rumors regarding the BBC's purported iTunes competitor
were making the rounds. Now, thanks to Director-General Mark Thompson, we can confirm that it is
indeed in the works. Currently known around the British offices as "Project Barcelona," the service is expected to be an à la carte
media offering, allowing you to "purchase a digital copy of a program to own and keep for a relatively modest charge." Speaking of which, movies, TV shows and specials are expected to start at £1.89 and may be available minutes after they're broadcast on TV, though we've yet to hear an official word on pricing. The Broadcasting Corporation
chief went on to say this isn't "a second license-fee by stealth or any reduction in the current public service offering from the BBC, it's the exact analogy of going into a high-street shop to buy a DVD." He didn't, however, give any deets on when we can expect the service to launch.