Netflix has announced that it’ll be stocking a variety of BBC shows when it launches in the UK, marking the first time that non-commercial beeb content has been available to stream outside of the BBC iPlayer.
Aside from BBC Worldwide content, which has been available to US Netflix customers for some time, the BBC has always kept its shows inside the walled garden of the iPlayer. This deal will see Netflix UK hand pick shows and series to stuff into its own ecosystem.
The shows on offer from launch, which will be some time in March, include Torchwood, Spooks, Little Britain and Fawlty Towers. There’s been no official word on UK pricing from Netflix, but if it’s anywhere near the cost of Lovefilm you can expect integrated BBC content to really work in its favour.
Currently, if you’re a Lovefilm Instant subscriber and fancy watching you some Doctor Who, you need to exit Lovefilm and dive into the iPlayer. Netflix, in looking to bridge that gap alongside a massive movie offering from the major Hollywood studios, could be about to shake up the UK streaming scene in a big way.