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‘BBC Select’ Subscription Streaming Service Launched in U.S.

The BBC has launched its new BBC Select streaming service in the United States, following the ITV co-partnered bow of BritBox in 2017. The $4.99 monthly documentary-themed service is available through Amazon Prime Video Channels and Apple TV.

Programming will focus on social and political-themed content, including the 2020 Presidential Election, social justice movement, culture and the pandemic, among other themes.

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Content includes “The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty,” “The Fall of an Icon,” Grayson Perry’s “Big American Road Trip,” “54 Days: America and the Pandemic” and “TV’s Black Renaissance: Reggie Yates in Hollywood,” among others.

“BBC Select is a powerhouse of ideas, firing off in all directions,” Jon Farrar, VOD director for BBC Studios and co-founder of BritBox, said in a statement. “As Select content reveals our world — in these complex times — through the lenses of culture, politics, and ideas, I hope we come to understand the forces that shape what it means to be alive in 2021. We hope our shows equally keep our viewers inspired and optimistic.”

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