ANGRY BBC viewers have slammed their new service Britbox – as they’ll be paying TWICE to watch the shows.
The corporation announced today that they were teaming up with ITV to launch a streaming service that’ll rival Netflix in the UK.
The BBC and ITV have teamed up to take on Netflix
To access the service, punters will need a paid subscription – even though BBC content is funded by the licence payer.
And they’re not happy, taking to Twitter to vent their frustration.
One wrote: “@Ofcom so sorry, let me get this clear… have the @bbcpress been using our money to fund and create a premium tv service they now expect us to pay for?”
Another said: “Paying for content that I’ve already paid for via the TV licence is an interesting concept!”
Getty Images – Getty The company’s announced their plans today
PA:Press Association This is what the service is expected to look like
A third wrote: “Woohoo. Getting charged twice for the programmes we’ve paid to have made. Can’t wait.”
A fourth added: Citizens already pay for the content on BBC and should never have to pay again. Germany for example has a national tv channel and have allowed adverts between programs to ease the costs. Having to pay double will push more people away from paying a BBC licence fee – poor idea.”
Another asked: “So will TV license cover this. If not what’s point. That costs enough as it is!”
The UK broadcasters revealed Wednesday that they’re joining forces in a bid to take on Netflix and thwart their growth.
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ITV Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said: “This will provide an unrivalled collection of British boxsets and original series in one place.
“We anticipate that other partners will be added to BritBox and we will both speak to regulators and the wider industry about our proposals.”
Carolyn said ITV’s partnership with the BBC is close to being concluded.
The new subscription video-on-demand service will be available to UK audiences, with BBC Director General Tony Hall saying: “The service will have everything from old favourites to recent shows and brand new commissions.”
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