International Netflix deals for BBC Worldwide



Netflix has acquired several of BBC Worldwide’s top titles for its new international services, DTVE sister title TBI has learned.

The US-listed streaming service recently launched new European services in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland, giving it access to over 60 million more international homes.

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster has sold series into France, Germany and Belgium.

Netflix has picked up Doctor Who and Sherlock for France and Germany.

Both series already air in the territories. Doctor Who is on pubcaster France Televisions’ France 4 and pay TV channel Fox in Germany. France 4 also has Sherlock. ARD channel Das Erste shows Sherlock in Germany.

Outside of scripted, Netflix has also acquired motoring magazine show Top Gear for its new French and German services.

All three of the above-mentioned series have also been bought by Netflix for Belgium.

The streaming service has also picked up big-ticket dramas Musketeers and Atlantis for Belgium.

All of the British drama series air on BBC One in the UK. Top Gear, which Worldwide has sold successfully as a finished show and a format, is a long-running show on BBC Two.