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BBC streaming service coming to US in 2016

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The BBC turns out tonnes of great content, but that’s a tough cookie to chew for non-UK residents who don’t have access to iPlayer.

Fortunately for our transatlantic brethren, the BBC is plotting a new online subscription service for the USA.

“We’re launching a new OTT (over-the-top) video service in America offering BBC fans programmes they wouldn’t otherwise get, showcasing British actors, our programme-makers and celebrating our culture,” said Tony Hall, the BBC’s Director General, as reported by Reuters.

The service will launch in 2016, although it’s not yet clear what it will be called.

The BBC also opted not to reveal which shows would feature on the service.

Americans already have access to some BBC content through BBC America’s digital network – that’s a joint venture with AMC.

However, the new service will not be in collaboration with AMC. It will also be delivered entirely over the internet, just like BBC iPlayer in the UK.

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The BBC is currently undergoing sweeping changes here in Blighty.

Recent proposals will see the BBC Three channel shuttered on March 1 next year, switching to an online-only service.

Hall also recently unveiled his 10-year plan for the BBC, that sees sweeping funding cuts across BBC services.

However, there has been an interest in maintaining a global presence for the BBC with the World Service, which gels with iPlayer expansionism.

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