The BBC will be selling classic episodes of Doctor Who and Red Dwarf to view on mobile cell phones. BBC Worldwide, the commercial department of the BBC has teamed with ROK Player, a mobile phone content firm to sell special multimedia memory cards (digital video chips or DVC) which can be played on compatible phones.
For £17, the ROK Player web site, Choices video outlets, and Nokia stores will sell a DVC with a special Doctor Who story and three episodes of Red Dwarf. Also to be offered will be music videos, shorts, and films such as Wallace and Gromit, Pink Floyd, and The Shawshank Redemption.
The BBC will kick it off this new product line initially with the 90 minute 1983 Doctor Who story, "The Five Doctors". The Red Dwarf episodes include "Maroon" (series 3), "Quarantine" (series 5), and "Cassandra" (series 8).
"BBC programmes are among the best in the world and are hugely popular. We want to give fans the opportunity to watch their favourite shows wherever they are. With ROK Player, the mobile phone is now an affordable portable media player." Said Jonathan Kendrick, Chairman and CEO of ROK Entertainment.
ROK Player is working with BBC Worldwide to extend its portfolio of classic BBC TV episodes over the coming months.
The DVC cards will not be available in the US at this time.