Amy Horscroft writes for CapX
“‘BritBox and chill’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but it may very well be an option for British viewers by the end of the year. The BBC and ITV are in the final stages of talks about launching the subscription service in the UK by the end of 2019.
“At first glance, this seems promising. BritBox already has half a million subscribers in America. At an estimated cost of £5 a month (and suggestions so far that it will not be subsidised by the taxpayer), this could be exactly the kind of challenge the BBC needs – modernising, competing with its rivals, and delivering television programmes in a user-friendly way.
“But as the BBC moves into the world of subscription services, it revives the debate of whether the license fee is still fit for purpose.”
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