BBC Studios has announced that, in partnership with Canal+, will launch its multi-genre VOD service BBC Player in Poland. BBC Player will be available to subscribers of the Canal+ online streaming service from June 1, 2022. Subscribers to the Canal+ satellite offer who use set-top boxes connected to the Internet will also have access to BBC Player from launch.
BBC Player will be the local on-demand destination for award-winning and critically acclaimed British drama, documentaries, pre-school, and inspiring lifestyle programming. Subscribers will be able to stream some of their favourite series from the BBC’s linear channel portfolio - BBC Brit, BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle, BBC First, and CBeebies, in addition to brand new programming.
With around 1.000 hours of content in its first year, BBC Player will give Canal+ subscribers the opportunity to delve deeper into the BBC content they enjoy and discover many new favourites. Programming at launch includes premium factual titles such as “David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities” and “Mediterranean: Life Under Siege,” documentaries such as “Trump Takes on the World,” compelling crime dramas like “Unforgotten,” and classic comedies such as “'Allo 'Allo!.”
Programming collections around the genres of travel, science, arts, history and current affairs will be regularly refreshed and join the service immediately after their linear premiere. The platform will offer a choice of Polish voice-over and subtitles for all content, with the additional option of English subtitles on selected programmes.
Access to BBC Player will be granted to all new and current subscribers of the Canal+ online streaming service who subscribe to Canal+ channels. Subscribers of the Canal+ satellite offer, who have set-top boxes connected to the Internet, will be able to BBC Player service at no extra charge as part of decoded access from June 1 to August 31, 2022. Then the offer will be available in selected Canal+ packages.
Zbigniew Pruski, Commercial Director for CEE at BBC Studios, commented: “BBC Player is a curated on-demand service that complements our long standing BBC channels that Polish audiences love. BBC Player takes our powerful content and combines it with expert human scheduling and a product built on the BBC Group’s 15 years of on-demand experience. It is a pleasure to be launching this service with Canal+ and offer their subscribers a deeper BBC content offer to address the growing need for top quality and trustworthy content to be available to audiences wherever they are and at a time convenient to them.”
“The inclusion of the VOD BBC Player library in the Canal+ offer is another step in building a wide range of high-quality productions from many different genres available in one place. We are also happy that we will be the first to offer access to the website on the Polish market,” added Monika Kłosińska, Program Purchasing Director at Canal+ Poland.