Netflix partners with BBC for UK launch

Online film provider Netflix has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide to offer UK television programmes at its launch in the United Kingdom and Ireland in early 2012.

Netflix will give users a chance to stream shows like Little Britain, Top Gear and Fawlty Towers, among others, and allow them to watch programmes from six months after they have been broadcast on television, MediaGuardian reported.

The deal with BBC is not exclusive, and BBC Worldwide has made similar digital licensing agreements with other companies, such as Virgin Media and BlinkBox. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“BBC shows are a big favourite of our over 20 million streaming members in the U.S., Canada and Latin America,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer, in a press release. “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 programmes available to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland.”

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