Netflix, BBC sign streaming agreement for UK & Ireland

Joseph O'Halloran ©RapidTVNews | 20-12-2011

As the launch date of its over the top service in the UK and Republic of Ireland draws nearer, Netflix has bolstered the offering considerably with a new digital licensing agreement with BBC Worldwide.

Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed but at launch, the OTT service will offer shows such as Torchwood and Spooks streamed to connected TVs, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones. Additional BBC titles available will include classic comedies such as, and dramas Miss Marple and Inspector Lynley.
"BBC programmes are a big favourite of our over 20 million streaming members in the US, Canada and Latin America" explained Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. "Members love watching back-to-back episodes of BBC series where and when they want, at the click of a button. We are incredibly proud to make these high quality programmes available to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland.”
Added Steve Macallister, president and managing director, Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide: "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."