Netflix Brings BBC Content to Customers Across the Pond

Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) announced a deal with BBC Worldwide, BBC’s commercial division that would make a wide range of BBC-produced TV content available to Netflix customers in the UK and Ireland.

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) had announced in October that it expected to launch its video streaming services in the U.K. and Ireland in early 2012. The company plans to bring previous series of BBC shows such as “Torchwood” and “Spooks” for instant viewing to its customers on a variety of gadgets such as tablets, consoles, TVs, computers and even mobile phones.

“BBC shows are a big favorite of our over 20 million streaming members in the U.S., Canada and Latin America,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “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 U.K. and Ireland.”

Steve Macallister, President and Managing Director, Sales & Distribution, BBC Worldwide, said: “With our content already available on Netflix in North and Latin America, we’re delighted to be a launch partner for Netflix in the U.K. and Eire, offering viewers the chance to watch some of our best loved shows on the platform from day one. U.K. audiences have really grasped the experience that online viewing can bring, and our programming has proven to be particularly popular with this digital audience.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.