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    BBC and ITV join forces to launch new streaming channel showing classic shows

    The BBC and ITV have teamed up to take on launching a new streaming service that could rival Netflix, it has been reported.

    According to the Sunday Times, the terrestrial channels have joined forces to bring their classic shows to viewers at the touch of a button.

    Fans of shows such as Absolutely Fabulous, Fawlty Towers and Midsomer Murders will be able to watch the classic shows on the planned subscription service. The paper reports that both broadcasters have been in negotiations for over a year about launching a service that will stream all their archive sitcoms and shows which they hope will rival Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

    It is believed to have taken inspiration from Britbox, a joint BBC-ITV streaming platform that launched in America two years ago and has attracted more than 400,000 paying subscribers. A formal announcement is expected on Wednesday to coincide with ITV’s annual results.

    The new streaming service is expected to run alongside the free catch-up platforms iPlayer and ITV Hub.

    The new streaming service is expected to run alongside the free catch-up platforms iPlayer and ITV Hub. Netflix rival The subscription service would charge for archive shows and it has been suggested it could cost viewers £5 a month.

    Speaking to the Times earlier this month, Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television, indicated the importance of the project and said: “It seems mad that we can’t make our archive and the BBC’s archive available to people at the press of a button.”

    But analysts are sceptical about the launch, particularly as almost 10 million British homes already subscribe to Netflix. Tom Harrington, of Enders Analysis, told the paper: “Will households with Netflix and Amazon think they really need a third one?”

    https://inews.co.uk/news/entertainment/bbc-and-itv-join-forces-to-launch-new-streaming-channel-showing-classic-shows/

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    Recycling old shows. Very green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    Recycling old shows. Very green.
    What do you think Netflix does?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    What do you think Netflix does?
    It also streams Netflix originals in films and TV. Not perfect, but better than U.K. Gold.

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    Dunno how you can compare Netflix to a channel created solely to show repeats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    It also streams Netflix originals in films and TV. Not perfect, but better than U.K. Gold.
    And it streams an absolute shitload of old stuff like Friends.

    Dunno how you can compare Netflix to a channel created solely to show repeats.
    Because it streams an absolute shitload of old stuff like Friends.

    BBC and ITV don't need to add new content to this: As the article states, they already have that covered with iPlayer and ITV Hub.

    I do get your point though; I'm guessing this is a joint venture because they can then share the risk of it failing.

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    How demeaning to copy everything the B.M.O.C. does.
    Got anything original? Anything?

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    Netflix version is available in Thailand, but you need a VPN to watch it in indonesia. I player et al only work abroad with a VPN.

    Content is debatable whichever source you use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    How demeaning to copy everything the B.M.O.C. does.
    Got anything original? Anything?

    WTF is a B.M.O.C.?

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    The BBC have to do something to raise revenue as people are cancelling their licence fee as it's not compulsory any more.
    They are even scraping the free licence for over 75s, that's how desperate they are.
    The BBC have had easy endless money for far too long and people are ditching them in droves now.

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    Big Man On Campus -- should have know Brittles couldn't relate. Their schooling ends at around age 14 or 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Big Man On Campus -- should have know Brittles couldn't relate. Their schooling ends at around age 14 or 15.
    Oh, so seppo drivel. That's OK then.

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    Can`t wait to Uncle Jack. My childhood most famous show.

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    The BBC and ITV have announced that they’re bringing a premium streaming service to the UK at the end of the year. BritBox is already available in the U.S. and Canada but will now launch in the UK sometime between October and the end of December. The two firms plan to charge £5.99 per month which will give users access to HD content, that’s the same price Netflix charges to watch content in standard definition (SD).


    BritBox will feature archived content from BBC and ITV as well shows that are still on-going. The BBC also revealed that it will be making new shows made specially for BritBox, the first of which is scheduled to arrive next year. The announcement also said that BritBox will be an ITV-controlled venture but that the BBC will “contribute to the development … of the venture”. Overall, ITV will hold 90% of the equity, while BBC will hold the other 10% with the option of increasing that to 25% over time. ITV will also have the option to bring other investors on board.

    https://www.neowin.net/news/bbc-and-itv-are-set-to-launch-britbox-this-year-for-599-per-month?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_ca mpaign=Feed%3A+neowin-main+%28Neowin+News%29

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    Six quid a month to watch Fawlty Towers and del boy falling over the bar...again.

    What a larf eh?

    Eh?

    Statistics suggest 94.7% of the audience for this voted for BREXIT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Six quid a month to watch Fawlty Towers and del boy falling over the bar...again.

    What a larf eh?

    Eh?

    Statistics suggest 94.7% of the audience for this voted for BREXIT.
    So you think the entire content will consist of two BBC comedy series.

    Statistics suggest you're a bit fucking thick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    So you think the entire content will consist of two BBC comedy series.

    Statistics suggest you're a bit fucking thick.
    To be fair to simple Sybil he has never professed to be anything other than thick.

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    Actually the Beeb only own 10% so Sybil can probably binge Love Island and the like.

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    The BBC sold the rights to all their classic programs to Netflix and shot themselves in the foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    The BBC sold the rights to all their classic programs to Netflix and shot themselves in the foot.

    Probably rented, not sold.

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