Lovefilm signs BBC streaming deal
Extends ITV pact too
Lovefilm's war with Netflix has yet to begin, but the battle lines are being drawn. The Amazon-owned disc rental service today said it has licensed BBC and ITV content to stream.
Morse, Prime Suspect, Cold Feet and more will come from ITV's collection, while Doctor Who, Life On Mars, Spooks, Planet Earth and others will provide a taster of the Corporation's content Lovefilm will offer its subscribers.
Without a DVD component, the range of content Netflix can offer will be limited - streaming rights are not so readily available as disc rental permission is - making it a tough choice for punters who are currently with rival disc-and-streaming services, most notably Lovefilm. ®
The Netflix app for PS3 arrived in the last firmware download. It loads fine: just won't accept logins just yet. The release can't be far off, then.
Good news for console owners, less so for MUBI and LoveFilm...
BBC programmes I can watch on the telly or catch up on iplayer. If Lovefilm want to impress me they could get and sort out their long running (over three years I believe) failure to do a new deal with Universal so I can see stuff that isn't on freeview as well as the long list of movies from recent years that continue to be unavailale for rental.
Conflict of interest
Didn't an important staff member from BBC go to work for LoveFilm?
Maybe silverlight will take off now ;)