NETFLIX is taking on the BBC and ITV in a bid to win over viewers as it promises to make more British shows like The Crown.
The online streaming giant told a House of Lords committee that it planned to become “champion of British content, talent and storytelling” and that it could make the programmes popular worldwide, reports The Sunday Times.
Netflix Netflix’s The Crown has been watched by around seven million viewers
The American subscription service also told last week’s inquiry into public service broadcasting that “localised content is increasingly a priority”.
It’s worrying for programme dominators BBC, ITV and Channel 4 who are being snubbed in favour of streaming sites such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and NowTV.
Almost 3.5million Brits cancelled their TV licence fee between 2014 and 2018 — a rate of almost one million a year, and it’s only predicted to get worse as Disney, Apple and HBO are also lined up to launch their own streaming service.
Netflix has also reportedly struck a deal to lease a third of the space at the iconic Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire for around £6million a year, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Netflix – the key statsHERE’S a look back at the latest official Netflix stats from 2017…
Netflix members watched more than 140 million hours per day
That’s just over one billion hours per week
The most popular day for Netflix viewing was Sunday, January 1
Mexico had the most members watching Netflix every single day.
One person watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 365 days in a row
The average member watched around 60 movies on Netflix in 2017
The most popular show to “devour” (watching more than two hours per day) was American Vandal, followed by 3% and 13 Reasons Why
The most popular show to “savour” (watching less than two hours per day) was The Crown, followed by Big Mouth and Neo Yokio
One user in Antarctica binged through Shameless in 2017
James Bond 25 is currently in production at Pinewood, joining the likes of the Harry Potter series and most recent Star Wars movies as being filmed there.
Netflix has also appointed Sky’s former head of drama, Anne Mensah, and international boss of film producer and distributor STX, David Kosse, to create more British shows.
The amount spent on original content by the four leading British channels – BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – hit a record low in 2017 at just £2.5billion, according to Ofcom.
Netflix has budgeted around £11.5billion this year alone.
Upcoming British shows on Neflix include The English Game, written by Downton Abbey’s creator Lord Julian Fellowes.
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The BBC came under fire earlier this year for hiking the price of the TV Licence for a third year in a row.
Bill payers now have to fork out £154.50 annually – up by £4 from £150.50 the year before.
Netflix is also trialling a bizarre price hike for British viewers which sees bills rise by an extra £36 a year but only for some people.
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