The BBC is considering turning its arts-based channel BBC Four into a global subscription service.
The broadcaster has become to arts and music shows, alongside international dramas, and re-runs of Top of the Pops.
In its annual report the BBC says the service would take “our strengths in specialist factual to the world stage.”
The move comes at a time when the channel faces budget cuts in the UK as the BBC turns its intentions back to BBC Three, the online youth channel.
The BBC is exploring the possibility of restoring BBC Three as a linear channel following recent ratings success, but there are fears that BBC Four may face the brunt of any realignment in programme budgets.
No decision is expected until the autumn.