The service, which is available exclusively to HyppTV subscribers, will let viewers watch selected shows from BBC Worldwide’s global brands BBC First, BBC Brit, BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies, as well as BBC World News.
Based on the award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, the series stars Ricky Whittle (The 100, Austenland) as protagonist ex-con Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood, Pirates of the Caribbean) as Mr. Wednesday who enlists Shadow Moon as part of his cross-country mission, and Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Legend) as Shadow’s wife, Laura Moon.
The firm, which operates a bundled of genre themed free-to-air and subscription channels, is Britain’s biggest multichannel broadcaster and moved into the on-demand space in 2014.
Despite their status as the world’s two largest streaming platforms, and both being well versed in the need for content to be easily discoverable, both Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are inflicting some rather poor user experiences on their customers which hamper the ability to find new things to watch.
Gaiman, who will write the TV version and serve as Showrunner, said: “Almost 30 years ago Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world, populated with angels and demons, not to mention an 11 year-old Antichrist, witch-finders and the four horsepeople of the Apocalypse.