Blinkbox secures content deal with BBC Worldwide

LONDON - VoD service Blinkbox has struck a significant content deal with BBC Worldwide, handing its users access to full-length TV shows and movies totalling more than 5,000 hours.

Blinkbox: BBC programmes secured in deal with BBC Worldwide
Blinkbox: BBC programmes secured in deal with BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide has licensed the rights to offer Blnkbox customers British TV shows including Hustle, Hotel Babylon, and classic Doctor Who, which will be available for free on an ad-supported basis. Shows such as Top Gear, Gavin and Stacey, Spooks and Planet Earth will be available to purchase.

Since Blinkbox launched in April 2008, it has secured content partnerships with Hollywood studios including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Television International, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures.

However, the deal with BBC Worldwide hands it significant access to leading British content for the first time.

Michael Comish, chief executive and co-founder of Blinkbox, said: "There's been a lot of hype around foreign companies coming to the UK, to fill the void left by Kangaroo. The reality is the void has already been filled by a home-grown service: Blinkbox.  We are UK-based, UK-financed and UK-staffed."

 

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