The Guardian reports that like an Italian American patriarch in the ‘waste management’ business BBC Worldwide has invited lowly, struggling American immigrant Netflix into its office – on this the day of his daughter’s wedding – and granted the fresh off the boat online film service the right to stream Doctor Who and other BBC programmes when it launches in the UK and Ireland next year .
But the Don ain’t no mook. The streamed episodes of programmes like Top Gear, Fawlty Towers and Torchwood will only be available for six months after they have been broadcast – also the deal is non-exclusive – with the BBC already in business with other legitimate enterprises like Virgin Media, BT Vision and Blinkbox.
This isn’t the first time Netflix has gotten its shine box out and drummed up some business – in recent months the front has made deals with the West Coast kingpins Miramax and MGM – which gives it access to such grade A products as Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies and Pulp Fiction.
In a bid to legitimise its wares and wash the street smell out of its clothing the site is also looking to broker piece with the other large families; ITV and Momentum Pictures – but has admitted that the market is tough after an attempt was made on its life by online streaming service and scratched disc emporium Lovefilm at a toll booth shoot out.
Unlike its deal with Netflix the very ‘old country’ BBC refuses to let Lovefilm sell its product on its turf.
(Andy, I really have no idea what you’re talking about. Did you tell the nice people about Netflix streaming Doctor Who episodes? – Ed)