BBC set to collaborate with European broadcasters to counter Netflix, Amazon Prime 

Likely to showcase more content like ‘Luther’ and ‘Dr Who’ along with that being streamed on iPlayer

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Jan 14, 2019 12:39 PM Updated: Jan 14, 2019 12:39 PM
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The BBC is set to forge stronger alliances with European public service broadcasters to counter competition posed by US streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

BBC director general Lord Tony Hall, President of the European Broadcasting Union (which represents 117 public networks), will reportedly lead a movement for a stronger collaboration as European broadcasters  have expressed their worry about the US video streaming companies pouring more funds into producing more content for local consumers. 

BBC may now bring more content like ‘Luther’ and ‘Dr Who’, which are running on European platforms. They can also boost their content by introducing continental content that is streamed on iPlayer. 

A statement issued by BBC said, “We and other public service broadcasters care passionately about homegrown content because it reflects the type of people in those countries. We want to see the broadcasters thrive and, of course, other countries in the EU want to see them thrive in a fast-changing market.” 

Meanwhile, BBC has collaborated with commercial network ITV in the US for running video on-demand service Britbox that will provide consumers a digital catalogue of British content, both new and vintage. 

It had tried to attempt a similar collaboration with Channel 4 in the UK almost a decade ago. However, Project Kangaroo could not be launched as it was blocked by the now defunct Competition Commission in 2009. UK’s TV regulator Ofcom has been now trying to put Project Kangaroo back on the agenda and has urged public service broadcasters to join in for protecting their businesses. 

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