BT 'in talks to join Netflix rival Britbox'

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BT is reported to be considering investing in Britbox, the forthcoming streaming TV service.

Britbox is a joint venture from the BBC and ITV, seen as an attempt to make inroads into the streaming landscape that is currently dominated by Netflix.

Now, as The Times reports, BT is in talks to join the terrestrial broadcasters.

However, unresolved questions regarding the value of BT's stake in Britbox could mean that a deal does not materialise, the newspaper writes.

It is understood that the BBC and ITV will begin removing the parts of their catalogues that are currently available on Netflix when Britbox launches.

As we reported in February, the new service is hoping to sell itself on the strength of its British series.

Commenting at the time of the project's announcement, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said: "This will provide an unrivalled collection of British boxsets and original series in one place.

“We anticipate that other partners will be added to BritBox and we will both speak to regulators and the wider industry about our proposals.”

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