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BBC launching new U.S. streaming service to challenge Netflix

by Jacob Kleinman | September 18, 2015September 18, 2015 8:00 pm PDT

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The BBC and Netflix are already a perfect match, with some of the streaming’s service’s best TV shows coming directly from the British media giant. However, the two companies could soon be butting heads as BBC moves onto Netflix’s turf with a new streaming app for U.S. audiences.

BBC general director Tony Hall announced plans for a U.S. expansion during a British television conference, Capital New York reports. The company is apparently under pressure to raise profits, and sees the U.S. as a potential target for expansion. “We need to raise commercial income to supplement the license fee so we can invest as much as possible in content for U.K. audiences,” Hall said.

The new service won’t include some of the BBC’s most popular shows, like Sherlock and Doctor Who. Both series are already included in a deal with BBC America, which is partially owned by AMC. The app also won’t be a direct copy of iPlayer, which offers video and radio streaming in the U.K.

Instead, the BBC says it will offer a totally new service packed with original shows, many of which have never been broadcast in the U.S. before. There’s still no word on when any of this will actually happen or how much it will cost, but we’re curious to see how the new streaming app turns out.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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