From today, Brits in mainland Europe will be able to watch their favourite UK shows on pay TV-subscriptions.
The change, which is thanks to the freeing up of regulations, involves broadcasters including Sky, ITV and Amazon.
However, the BBC has chosen not to provide access to its service abroad, sparking criticism from some in the industry.
From today, Brits in mainland Europe will be able to watch their favourite UK shows on pay TV-subscriptions. The change, which is thanks to the freeing up of regulations, involved broadcasters including Sky, ITV and Amazon (stock image)
The Guardian points out that the £150-a-year licence charged by the BBC ‘is significantly more’ than the £79 annual fee charged by Amazon.
‘Households are effectively paying a subscription for the BBC so you could ask why it doesn’t it fall under the same umbrella [as pay-TV companies],’ said Richard Broughton, analyst at Ampere told the Guardian.
‘The rules encourage free-to-air broadcasters to launch their online services across Europe, the option is available but the rules stop short of mandating it.’
The Federation of German Consumer Organisations is also not happy with the change.
It says that free-to-air broadcasters should be compelled to follow the directive.
Along with the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV are not making their free services available for access in mainland Europe.
The move may be a further push for people ditching traditional TV in favour of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
December figures show 788,605 people cancelled their licence in 2017 as they shunned the BBC and tuned in via their smart TVs and tablets.
Netflix surpassed 100 million global subscribers in July, with nearly 5million signing up during the first three months of the year.
The service, which has run on a subscription based-model since its inception 10 years ago, has customers in roughly 190 countries.
The BBC has chosen not to provide access to its service abroad. Channel 4 and ITV are also not making their free services available for access in mainland Europe
The amount of people shunning BBC is a drop on previous years, where 817,509, 875,169, and 945,751 switched off.
BBC presenter Jeremy Paxman told an audience at the Hay Festival in May, that the BBC could learn from online subscription services.
The 67-year-old said: ‘Look how the likes of Netflix and Amazon now take extraordinary amounts of money from huge numbers of people electronically.
‘Why can’t the BBC wake up to this?’
WHAT SHOWS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON APPLE’S NEW NETFLIX-RIVAL STREAMING SERVICE?
Apple is making a billion-dollar bet on its own on-demand television service that could launch as soon as 2019.
The streaming platform, which will rival popular services Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, is set for release as early as next March, reports suggest.
Since October, the firm has bought a dozen projects – nine of which have been green-lit for a full series.
The new shows, backed by a budget that is set to top £0.7 billion ($1 billion), will launch sometime between March and summer 2019.
They include a psychological thriller by ‘The Sixth Sense’ director M. Night Shyamalan as well as a drama series from ‘La La Land’ director Damien Chazellae.
Hollywood stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will team up for an as-yet untitled series about a network morning show, according to the report.
Apple has also revived Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed 1985 anthology series ‘Amazing Stories’ and has ordered a space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore.
The New York Times says the company is also working on projects with comedienne Kristen Wiig and Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.
The programming would only be available on a subscription channel, most likely bundled with the company’s existing Apple Music streaming service.