Netflix will offer BBC content in the UK
Netflix is headed to the UK, and now with added BBC Worldwide content.
The movie streaming service has signed a digital licensing agreement with the Beeb, meaning that shows like Spooks, Fawlty Towers and Torchwood will be available to stream for all Netflix UK customers.
Steve McAllister, president and managing director, Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide said: “With our content already available on Netflix in North and Latin America, we’re delighted to be a launch partner for Netflix in the UK and Eire, offering viewers the chance to watch some of our best loved shows on the platform from day one.
“UK audiences have really grasped the experience that online viewing can bring, and our programming has proven to be particularly popular with this digital audience.”
Judging by the partners they’re trying to bring on board, Netflix are taking the UK launch very seriously. Alongside the new BBC deal, talks with ITV have happened, alongside a deal with MGM and a multi-year licensing agreement with Lionsgate UK, bringing the studio’s films to the Netflix platform first.
It’ll be interesting to see how rivals LoveFilm respond.