BBC On-Board For Netflix UK Launch

By Sam Gibbs on at

Looks like Netflix is going to offer a tad more for Brits than just crummy American films come early 2012. The BBC has signed up to put its back catalogue on the streaming service, with highlights including Torchwood, Spooks, Little Britain and Fawlty Towers.

The BBC has had several series such as the impressive Sherlock available in the US via Netflix for some time now, but it's great to see that it's getting on-board for the UK launch too.

OK, we've got iPlayer for catch-up content, but being able to access some of the BBC's rather extensive back catalogue brings Netflix a step closer to being the one-stop-shop in the UK for on-demand content. It'd be good if Channel 4 and ITV jump on the bandwagon too, but honestly with the BBC secured I'm more interested in how much content Netflix brings with it from its current American TV catalogue. Early 2012 will certainly be interesting -- I wonder how LoveFilm will respond, or whether it'll just curl up and die. [Reuters]