BBC Cooking up Paid Netflix-Style TV Service Separate to iPlayer

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

The BBC and ITV are reportedly cooking up a new subscription service in the same mould as Netflix. Talks between the two organisations are said to be in early stages, but it’s understood that the service would mainly feature older content no longer available through iPlayer or ITV Player.

Downton Abbey has been named as a show that would feature on the service, and NBC Universal, which owns production company Carnival Films, is also believed to be involved in talks. It wouldn’t all be about repeats, however, There would reportedly be a constant stream of original commissions too.

Little is currently known about the plans, but the move certainly seems to fit into BBC director general Tony Hall’s vision of a BBC fit for the digital age. It could bring in a healthy amount of cash too. ITV, meanwhile, is known to be focusing on online projects, with chief exec Adam Crozier last month saying the company would, “explore new models for content creation and distribution, through a mix of pay channels and online.”

We’ll bring you more juicy goss as it leaks. [Guardian]