SeeSaw agrees BBC Worldwide deal

Wednesday, December 2 2009, 08:46 GMT

By Andrew Laughlin,

SeeSaw, the new video on demand service from transmission firm Arqiva, has agreed its first content deal with BBC Worldwide.

The service, built using technology from the collapsed joint venture Project Kangaroo, will carry a range of programming from the BBC archive, including Doctor Who, Cranford and That Mitchell & Webb Look.

When it launches in the "coming months", SeeSaw will support a mix of free and pay content, with more programming deals expected to be announced imminently.

"Today's announcement is a significant milestone for SeeSaw, demonstrating our commitment to deliver a rich and varied range of British programming," said SeeSaw chief executive Pierre-Jean Sebert.

"By offering an enhanced viewing experience and great content, SeeSaw will become the ideal destination for consumers to indulge their passion for TV."

BBC Worldwide director of content partnerships Simon Danker said: "As a nation we're becoming increasingly familiar with watching full-length content online. We're pleased to give UK viewers the chance to watch some of their favourite BBC shows whenever and wherever they want."

SeeSaw platform controller John Keeling added: "Confirming great content from BBC Worldwide is just the beginning. With unrivalled depth in comedy, drama, factual and lifestyle programming, SeeSaw will change the way Britain chooses to watch great television. Watch this space."

Users can register for a forthcoming closed beta of the service on the official SeeSaw Twitter feed.