Netflix and BBC Worldwide team up for UK launch

The agreement between the Internet subscription service and the BBC's commercial arm will bring various BBC series to Netflix users in the UK and Ireland upon the service's launch in the region in 2012.
December 20, 2011

Internet content subscription service Netflix and BBC Worldwide have reached a licensing agreement that will bring assorted BBC series to Netflix users in the UK and Ireland upon the streaming service’s 2012 launch in the region.

Financial terms have not been disclosed for the deal. Some BBC Worldwide content is already available via the service in North America and Latin America.

“BBC shows are a big favorite of our over 20 million streaming members in the US, Canada and Latin America,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer. “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 programs available to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland.”

“UK audiences have really grasped the experience that online viewing can bring, and our programming has proven to be particularly popular with this digital audience,” added Steve Macallister, president and managing director, sales & distribution, BBC Worldwide.

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