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BBC is renowned not only in the UK, but all over the world. I am happy with the channels in the UK, but it's disappointing that there are separate channels provided internationally that we cannot receive over here. BBC Prime is now outmoded, being phased out by a bouquet consisting of BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle and the international version of BBC HD. I understand these are repeats of what has already been shown in the UK, but the schedules are still different to UK channels and would be a great addition to digital TV platforms in this country. The only reason that the BBC Worldwide channels are not available in the UK is that they feature advertising and it is illegal for the BBC to show channels with advertising in the UK. This is an old-fashioned law and I don't see why we couldn't get BBC UK licence-fee channels and BBC Worldwide advertisement-sponsored channels separate of one another.
BBC PRIME is an advertising channel from the BBC. I came across BBC PRIME while I was in Paris, the channel is now available in the United Kingdom because it’s a commercial channel from the BBC. As it says in the name BBC PRIME shows the prime programmes from the BBC in Britain. BBC PRIME is for British travellers and International audiences, it shows all the latest BBC programmes from BBC ONE and BBC TWO. It also shows some old programmes. When you are abroad you usually find many German channels and no English channels, so it’s a great relief that there is one English Channel you can watch abroad. The programmes are the normal programmes you could find on the main BBC channels, like “Castaway 2000” and they’re all on one channel. BBC PRIME is available usually in hotels abroad. It just a simple channel to keep up with BBC programmes abroad. There is also news available on the channel from BBC WORLD, another commercial channel from the BBC.