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Amazon’s Lovefilm Wins Access to TV Shows From ITV, BBC

January 09, 2012

(Updates with industry forecast in fourth paragraph.)

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Amazon.com Inc.’s Lovefilm unit, which streams movies and television to subscribers online, reached deals for shows from ITV Plc and BBC Worldwide before competitor Netflix arrives in the U.K. later this year.

Lovefilm’s agreements with the London-based companies include rights to ITV’s “Cold Feet” and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” and BBC programs such as “Planet Earth” and “Doctor Who,” according to statements today.

Streaming services are competing for content in an increasingly crowded market. ITV and the BBC have their own online services and Netflix will start selling subscriptions in the U.K. and Ireland early this year. Netflix announced a similar deal with the BBC last month and is in discussions with ITV for archived shows, a spokeswoman said.

The subscription TV market in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, including pay-TV, video-on-demand, mobile and video- streaming services as well as license fees, will expand 24 percent to $95 billion in the next four years, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Internet-streamed videos are forecast to be the fastest growing segment.

The agreements with Amazon are not exclusive, and other providers will be able to carry the same shows at the same time, said spokespeople from Lovefilm, the BBC and ITV.

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--Editors: Robert Valpuesta, Simon Thiel.

To contact the reporter on this story: Amy Thomson in London at athomson6@bloomberg.net

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