Like many Americans I have been in love with British television for decades now, so this is really great news as far as I’m concerned. If you are a fan of the BBC who lives in the States, check this out. You will soon have another way to watch the network’s shows.
The BBC plans to launch an online subscription service in the US next year. While we don’t have many details on what specific shows will be included with the OTT service, director general Tony Hall did say that it would include content that US viewers “wouldn’t otherwise get.” So pretty vague.
We already have the BBC America channel that’s part of pay TV packages here in the US, and some shows stream on Netflix and Hulu. BBC’s iPlayer has always been around in 16 countries outside of the UK, but it never made it to the US before it shut down in May.
We also don’t know if the service will give us access only to BBC America or if it will include the larger library of BBC shows and movies. Their success here will depend on price and what content they have. I guess we will find out soon if it will be worth it.