I’ve been following Netflix’s U.K. plans since the company announced it would be taking its streaming service across the Atlantic back in October. Following deals that will bring Lionsgate and Miramax movies to British subscribers, Netflix has today announced its first TV show deal with BBC Worldwide.
The deal with BBC’s commercial arm will bring shows like Torchwood, Doctor Who, Spooks, and Top Gear to the service in early 2012. Those in the U.S. already have access to some BBC shows, and they’re a “big favorite” according to Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer:
“BBC shows are a big favourite of our over 20 million streaming members in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. 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.”
And like those who are stateside, subscribers in the U.K. and Ireland will be able to stream this content to internet-connected TVs, tablets, game consoles, computers, and smartphones, according to the press release.
It’s still unclear how much Netflix will charge customers in the U.K. and Ireland for a subscription to the service, but the service is expected to compete with the likes of Lovefilm and Amazon, which already offer content streaming services in these territories.
Of course, BBC programs are already available to license fee payers through services like BBC iPlayer, but having them available through Netflix, too, will be another advantage to subscribers.
Are you pleased that Netflix has joined forces with BBC Worldwide?