News 17 May 2016

The BBC are set to launch a UK version of Netflix called Britflix

17 May 2016

The corporation is starting it’s own subscription streaming service in an attempt to rival Amazon Prime and Netflix.

ITV and NBC are in talks with the Beeb to assist with the new project.

Britflix will replace the current iPlayer service and will host original series, such as ‘Happy Valley’, as well as programmes that have aired on other BBC channels.

Under the new service, viewers will have to pay to watch shows that have been on the channel for longer than 30 days.

Speaking about the future of television in the UK, Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, said he “welcomes the BBC’s commitment to develop and test some form of additional subscription services.”

He added: “We’re moving into a different world where more and more content is going to be made available on demand.

“If they want to explore that kind of thing, we’d encourage them. There may come a moment in the future where all television is delivered online, and if you do that it becomes a more realistic practical possibility if you wanted to move towards an element of voluntary subscription.”

Mr Whittingdale also stated that licence fee payers would not have to pay a top-up services for anything they currently get.

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