Netflix Signs Deal With BBC For UK Launch

Online film service Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) has struck a deal with BBC Worldwide to offer shows including Doctor Who, Top Gear and Little Britain at its UK launch.

The deal, which includes the rights to stream shows including Torchwood, Miss Marple and Fawlty Towers, will give Netflix users in the UK the chance to watch the programmes from six months after they have been broadcast on television.

The deal, the latest in a string of content agreements struck by Netflix, comes as the US video service prepares to launch in the UK and Ireland early next year.

“BBC programmes are a big favourite of our over 20 million streaming members in the US, Canada and Latin America,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “We are incredibly proud to make these high-quality programmes available to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland.”

Financial terms were not disclosed but the deal is non-exclusive.

BBC Worldwide has similar digital licensing agreements in place with services provided by Virgin Media, BT (NYSE: BT) Vision and BlinkBox, the Tesco-controlled video-on-demand service.

“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,” said Steve Macallister, managing director of sales and distribution at BBC Worldwide.

Lovefilm, the Amazon-owned video service which is one of Netflix’s arch rivals in the UK, does not have a deal with BBC Worldwide.

This article originally appeared in MediaGuardian.