SeeSaw agrees video deal with BBC Worldwide

Video on demand service SeeSaw has sealed its first content deal with BBC Worldwide to broadcast shows such as Doctor Who and The Mitchell & Webb Look online.

The new online TV service is set to launch in the coming months and will offer a mixture of free and pay content from BBC Worldwide on the platform, as well as ITV and Channel 4.

SeeSaw, which is owned by Arqiva, and was set up to replace the defunct Project Kangaroo will now have access to a raft of content across the drama, comedy, lifestyle, entertainment and factual genres from the BBC archive.

Pierre-Jean Sebert, chief executive of SeeSaw, says the deal is “a significant milestone for SeeSaw, demonstrating our commitment to deliver a rich and varied ofrange of British programming.”

The company says it will offer “an enhanced viewing experience” in a bid to “become the ideal destination for consumers to indulge their passion for TV.”

Simon Danker, director content partnerships at BBC Worldwide, adds: “As a nation we’re becoming increasingly familiar with watching full-length content online. We’re pleased to give UK viewers the chance to watch some of their favourite BBC shows whenever and wherever they want.”

Last month Arqiva appointed Matt Rennie, Channel 4’s business development manager for content and distribution, as commercial head of its video-on-demand service SeeSaw.

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