British TV under threat from subscription streaming services?

British TV under threat from subscription streaming services? In this week’s subscription roundup, we feature the key highlights from BBC Director General Tony Hall’s latest speech. Hall has warned that British-made TV programs are under threat from global streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. In our second feature, we look into Amazon’s purported move into the cryptocurrency space. In our final feature, we explore gaming giant Electronic Arts’ plans for expanding their subscription service.

The future of British TV under threat from the likes of Netflix, says BBC Chief

It is no surprise that traditional TV is under threat from subscription streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. Acknowledging the threat these new services pose, BBC director General Tony Hall has warned that the amount spent on creating content for British TV will fall by £500m a year over the next decade. Hall thinks that these streaming services are more focused on international hits than local content. The speech comes on the back of new Ofcom rules that mandate a focus on British content during primetime.

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Amazon wants to move into cryptocurrency next?

Tech giant Amazon has just bought three cryptocurrency-related domain names sparking speculation that the company wants to enter this space. Until last month, Amazon’s official position was that it had no plans forentering the cryptocurrency space. There have also been rumours that the e-commerce giant will start accepting Bitcoins, but there has been no confirmation from Amazon on these plans as yet. 

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Electronic Arts to expand its subscription programs

Gaming company Electronic Arts (EA) has announced that it will bring its subscription programs - EA Access and Origin Access – to additional platforms. Currently available on the Xbox One and PC, it is highly likely that EA will extend these to the Nintendo Switch console too. It is worth noting that Sony has already rejected EA Access for the PS4. Incidentally, even Nintendo has also announced its plans for a subscription service earlier this year. 

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