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BBC streaming service coming to US

Old 09-18-15, 10:14 PM
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BBC streaming service coming to US

BBC announced plans to launch a new streaming service in the US. So far, details are scarce.

BBC planning Netflix-style service for US

The BBC is planning to launch a subscription-based video streaming service in the United States.

BBC director general Tony Hall said he wanted to "try out businesses that go direct to the public" to boost the income of BBC Worldwide.

The new service, which could launch in 2016, will not affect agreements with other services such as Amazon and Hulu. One expert told BBC News the service would probably appeal to a "niche" audience.

Lord Hall said the new service would showcase the "best of British" television to audiences in the US.

"We're launching a new over-the-top video service in America offering BBC fans programmes they wouldn't otherwise get - showcasing British actors, our programme-makers - and celebrating our culture," he said in a speech on Thursday.

A BBC spokeswoman said its programmes would still broadcast on US TV channels, and that the new service was not designed to compete with products such as Netflix, which stream content from a number of partners.

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Old 09-18-15, 10:52 PM
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BBC programs have always been very niche. I'm not really sure there is a big market for a subscription based service for their shows. Most people seem content with only having Netflix, Prime, Hulu and maybe HBO.

I mentioned it in another thread in the past, but the costs of all these streaming services are adding up.
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Old 09-25-15, 09:48 AM
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It'd be nice if they offered the full back catalog of Doctor Who; other services have just all the episodes since 2005, and only a spotty selection of the original series run.

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I mentioned it in another thread in the past, but the costs of all these streaming services are adding up.
Content isn't cheap. Exclusives have meant that the streaming service market is more segregated than cable (most cable systems have most channels available, while no single streaming service has most shows available).

That said, the nature of streaming services means that people could sign up for some on an intermittent basis, say a month or two every year, and binge watch everything that's been added since they last subscribed. It's less convenient though.
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