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British Pathe launches online on-demand channel

Film archive British Pathé has launched its own on-demand, online channel, featuring a selection of documentaries, interviews and classic movies.
August 17, 2016

Film archive British Pathé has launched its own on-demand, online channel, featuring a selection of documentaries, interviews and classic movies.

The company says the channel is intended to serve as an alternative to mainstream broadcasters and is targeting history buffs, cinema aficionados, Royal watchers and other specialist audiences.

The channel, British Pathé TV, operates as a subscription-based service. The existing British Pathé newsreel archive remains free to access on its own website and via YouTube.

The company is launching the initiative with hundreds of hours of content, many of which has not aired on TV, and with more to come in the weeks ahead.

Specialist strands include History (with such programs as A Year to Remember and The Queen’s Diamond Decades); Cinema History; Railway History; Classic Movies (including Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street and Howard Hawk’s His Girl Friday, among others) and Film of the Season, which will feature a high-profile film that defies easy categorization.

“We have felt for some time that many viewers are not being catered for by the existing factual channels and that British Pathé, with its well-known name and brand – and with seven million monthly visitors to our existing free online platforms – is best placed to launch such a long-form programming channel that can provide a real alternative for those with specialist interests,” said Roger Felber, British Pathé’s managing director.

The channel is also accessible via an app for iPad and iPhone.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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