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The BBC is to close its download store in November, less than two years after it first launched. The BBC Store offered digital copies of new and classic shows to keep in return for a one-off fee.

The BBC claims that demand hasn't been as strong as it expected, hence it wouldn't keep investing in the store.

But according to the corporation, the BBC will "continue to find new ways of making BBC archive content available."

As well as classic shows like 'Doctor Who' and 'Fawlty Towers', BBC Store served up new shows like 'Peter Kay's Car Share', 'Sherlock' and 'Peaky Blinders'.

The closure is likely due to increased competition from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. Both services offer some BBC shows included in their monthly subscription fee.

The BBC Store sold series for about £1.89 an episode or £6.99 a series.

If you've bought shows through BBC Store, all is not lost. You'll still be able to watch them by logging into the BBC Store website or app, until 1st November, when the service ceases to exist.

BBC Store is no longer selling shows.

The BBC will also refund anyone who bought shows from BBC Store, either in cash or with vouchers for Amazon Video. Opt for the latter, and you'll receive 10 per cent more than you're owed as a gesture of goodwill.

Source: BBC, BBC Store

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