Are American streaming services representing the UK?
On Tuesday 2 July, the House of Lords Communications Committee will meet representatives from Netflix and ITV, including ITV's CEO, Dame Carolyn McCall, to discuss issues raised in its inquiry on the future of public service broadcasting in the age of video on demand.
The proportion of UK households subscribing to Netflix has grown rapidly in recent years. But some witnesses to the inquiry have questioned its commitment to making British programming except to serve American audiences. The Committee will ask Netflix if this is a fair assessment and explore a range of other topics.
ITV is the UK's largest commercial public sector broadcaster. In its second session, the Committee will ask ITV if it can remain viable as more and more advertising moves online. The Committee will also investigate the public service remit of ITV and consider how ITV can better appeal to young people while remaining true to this remit.