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Netflix Signs Deal with BBC Worldwide; Streaming Television Shows to UK and Ireland

Netflix has signed a deal with BBC Worldwide to allow it to offer BBC shows to customers in the UK and Ireland.

Under the streaming deal, Netflix users in the UK and Ireland will be able to view BBC programs like Doctor Who, Top Gear and Faulty Towers six months after they are broadcast on TV.

The deal also includes other popular BBC shows like Little Britain, Spooks, Inspector LynleyTorchwood and Miss Marple. The service, which is quite popular in the United States, plans to launch its service in the UK and Ireland early next year and has been busy inking streaming deals to provide content which appeals to its target audience, as reported by SlashGear.

"BBC programmes are a big favourite of our over 20 million streaming members in the US, Canada and Latin America," said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix.

"We are incredibly proud to make these high-quality programmes available to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland," he added.

Netflix has faced the ire of customers in the United States for increasing the prices of its DVD delivery and movie streaming services. The company also has to compete with Amazon's LoveFilm service which already has a strong presence in the country.