The corporation is considering launching a commercial version of its planned Interactive Media Player (iMP), which the BBC is trialling as a free proposition in the UK later this year The iMP will allow UK licence payers to download TV and radio content aired on the BBC over the past week.
BBC director of new media Ashley Highfield said he was talking to partners, including the BBC's commercial arm BBC Worldwide, about a possible international paid-for version.
"For the iMP trial we're having conversations with Worldwide and other commercial providers to see what a commercial version of iMP would look like," he told The Guardian.
He added that he was also looking at possibly linking up with search engine Google to offer content to a wider audience.
"If we're making all this investment to make audio visual content available free of charge in the UK, if we could make some money back internationally it could help mitigate some of those costs," he added.
He also suggested that the BBC could take some advertising on its websites, which would pop up only when a site was viewed from overseas.