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BBC, ITV and Channel 4 combine their clout for £125m Netflix challenger

By John Glenday | Reporter

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June 11, 2018 | 3 min read

The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV have put on a united front in order to see off the mounting threat posed by Netflix and Amazon, committing to a combined £125m investment in Freeview over five years.

It also comes with an investment from national transmitter owner Arqiva, which also co-owns Digital UK (which carries responsibility for the technical development of Freeview), with the aim of adding a suite of new services for viewers to watch both live and on demand programming.

The collaboration been pitched as a tentative step toward the holy grail of UK public service broadcasting, an online streaming service which offers all available content from the broadcasters.

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BBC, ITV and Channel 4 combine their clout for £125m Netflix challenger

Jonathan Thompson, chief executive of Freeview operator Digital UK, said: "As the UK’s TV landscape becomes increasingly impacted by global players, this new commitment from our shareholders is a major boost for UK viewers. Building on this spirit of collaboration, we will not only safeguard free-to-view TV but reinvent it for a new age of viewing."

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A rapidly evolving media landscape has seen growing numbers of viewers cancel pay TV subscriptions, relying solely on Freeview and Netflix or Amazon.

Netflix recently surpassed 132.6m global subscribers.

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