The British Broadcasting Corporation is going through some changes of late. Most of them are probably not of interest to people not actively invested in the BBC‘s future, but there is a pretty interesting item now getting some attention online. It’s Britflix, reported to be the BBC’s proposed entry into the online streaming game.
The name “Britflix” is still evidently tentative, but it gives a clear picture of the fact that the BBC is hoping to compete with services like Netflix and Hulu. To do this, they may be partnering with other media companies like NBC Universal, and charge non-cable-subscribers to watch BBC programming and other titles through the service.
Here’s a quote from the UK culture secretary on the service, which will roll out sometime next year after changes to the BBC’s operating structure are rolled out:
“We’re moving into a different world where more and more content is going to be made available on demand. Collaboration with other broadcasters and other production companies we think is important. If they want to explore that kind of thing, we’d encourage them. There may come a moment in the future where all television is delivered online, and if you do that it becomes a more realistic, practical possibility if you wanted to move towards an element of voluntary subscription.”
Hopefully, Britflix will be a positive development for television and movie fans if it actually happens next year. In the meantime, you can read more about the possibly upcoming service via the story on it in Variety right here.