Dan Snow reveals plans to create ‘Netflix for history shows’

And he's asking for your help to launch the new on demand service

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BBC historian Dan Snow is crowdfunding a global, history-focused on demand video service, or ‘the Netflix of history programmes’ as it will be known until it comes into fruition.

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Snow announced his plans for the new service, which will be called HistoryHit.TV, with a video appealing to the public about the loss of funding for history programming on TV – and taking a quick swipe at politicians making history up to suit themselves.

If the service reaches its goal of £100,000, the subscription service will launch at the end of the year, offering a collection of great history TV shows on demand, and, eventually, a number of original programmes too.

If you’re keen on the idea, you can donate to the project here

“We’ve decided to crowdfund this project because we believe that you are an absolutely essential part of this vital mission,” Snow said. 

The crowdfunding site explains that even if HistoryHit.TV doesn’t reach its fundraising target it will still launch, but “we’ll have less budget for films at launch”. 

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Snow and his team – including CEO Tom Clifford and head of digital Justin Gayner – are offering rewards for contributions, including the opportunity to co-host his popular HistoryHit podcast, commission a show for the service, or have a 15-minute documentary made about yourself or a family member (if you fancy forking out 30k).