Channel BBC AMERICA live online
BBC America is an American basic cable network that is jointly owned by BBC Studios and AMC Networks. The channel primarily airs sci-fi and action series and films, as well as selected programs from the BBC (such as its nature documentary series).
Unlike the BBC’s domestic channels in the United Kingdom, BBC America does not receive funding from the British license fee (which is the principal funding for the BBC’s channels within the United Kingdom), as the BBC cannot fund any of its channels that are available outside the United Kingdom. Consequently, BBC America operates as a commercial-supported channel and accepts traditional advertising. It is also funded by television subscription fees.
As of September 2018, BBC America is available to about 80.9 million television households (87.8% of pay television customers) in the United States.
BBC America was launched on March 29, 1998, presenting a mixture of comedy, drama and lifestyle programs from BBC Television and other British television broadcasters including ITV and Channel 4. In the channel’s early days, it focused on repeats of popular lifestyle shows such as Changing Rooms and Ground Force. BBC America’s head of television programming later stated that the channel needed to establish a niche, since non-British viewers found the lifestyle shows appealing. Most of the newer programs appeared as part of BBC America’s evening schedule.
The network removed the British soap opera EastEnders from its schedule in 2003 due to low ratings; however, the program’s removal from BBC America provoked complaints from viewers, which caught media attention.
Programming bbc america
- Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
- Doctor Who
- The Graham Norton Show
- Monty Python’s Flying Circus
- Star Trek
- Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
- Star Trek: Voyager
- Some of the programs on the channel are edited either for adult content or to allow for commercials. Occasionally, comedy shows are run in specially formatted 40-minute blocks and a few first-run drama programs are broadcast in a longer block that allows them to run to their original broadcast length. Additional series that have been previously broadcast may periodically return to the schedule as part of the network’s rotation of daytime programming.