BBC Studios Exclusively Launches Five New FAST Channels on Amazon Freevee. The New Channels Feature Over 1,000 Hours of Premium British Content
New York, NY – October 10, 2023 – BBC Studios – creator, producer and distributor of unparalleled British content globally – today announced a deal with Amazon Freevee, who will exclusively premiere five new, editorially-curated premium FAST channels to audiences across the U.S. Beginning Tuesday, October 17th, FAST channels showcasing over 1,000 hours of fan-favorite titles including The Catherine Tate Show, Misfits, and Without Limits will be available to stream on Amazon Freevee in the U.S.
BBC Studios launches exclusive channels on Freevee
Beth Anderson, GM/SVP, FAST & VOD Sales, North America and Latin America, BBC Studios says: “With an extensive catalogue spanning countless genres, we’re uniquely positioned to curate new entertainment experiences, that leverage the best of our fan-favoured British content, for every type of audience. As more and more viewers discover the joys of discovering classic TV shows on FAST platforms, we’re delighted to debut our new suite of customized channels on Amazon Freevee in the US.
FAST is becoming a larger part of the TV-viewing landscape, and we’re committed to meeting the demand and growing our FAST footprint here in the US.”
This significant content deal marks BBC Studios’ latest launch with a leading FAST service since first entering the FAST space in 2019.
As of 2023, BBC Studios has launched seventeen editorially-curated FAST channels in the US – unleashing the very best of BBC Studios’ catalogue across all genres. As part of this new licensing agreement, Amazon Freevee viewers will enjoy the following five BBC Studios FAST channels:
BBC Comedy – FAST Channel
Laugh your way through 300+ hours of comedy content featuring Catherine Tate, Stephen Fry, and Hugh Laurie. From talk shows to sketch to stand-up, this channel offers the best in British comedy.
BBC Gameshows – FAST Channel
Test your trivia mettle with BBC Game Shows, featuring the best British quiz and competition programming. With big money and bragging rights on the line, play along with contestants in games of strategy, chance, and cunning, with celebrity special guests.
BBC Sci-Fi – FAST Channel
Travel to a new dimension with 200+ hours of mind-bending science fiction. Embark on a cosmic journey across genres, including hilarious space comedies, sci-fi panel shows, supernatural teen dramas, and cutting-edge scientific documentaries.
BBC Travel – FAST Channel
Journey to diverse destinations across the globe with BBC Travel. With a host of celebrity presenters like Stephen Fry and Ewan McGregor, programs range from the funny to the fantastic, showcasing the captivating people and places of our world.
Silent Witness/New Tricks – FAST Channel
Crack the case with these beloved long-running crime dramas. Follow teams of pathologists and retired detectives as they work to unravel mysterious murders – everybody tells a story.
Amazon Freevee is a streaming video service with thousands of premium movies and TV shows, including Originals and free ad-supported (FAST) Channels, available anytime, for free. All FAST Channels available on Freevee can be accessed through the Freevee app, as well as within Fire TV and Prime Video.
About BBC Studios
BBC Studios is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group with sales of £1.6bn (21/22). Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, the business is built on four pillars: a global Content Studio (producing, investing and distributing content globally); Channels and streaming platforms in the UK and across the world; a Brands & Licensing operation which seeks to amplify the impact of IP; and the successful UK-based multi-channel network UKTV. Around 2,400 hours of award-winning British programming are made by the business every year, with three-quarters of its revenues from non-BBC customers including Discovery, Apple and Netflix. Its content is internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear, Bluey and Doctor Who. BBC.com, BBC Studios’ global digital news platform, has 139 million unique browser visits each month.