BBC Worldwide and ITV to launch new streaming service BritBox
- Author: Michelle Webb Mar 09, 2017,
Mar 09, 2017, 0:39
The service offers a large catalog of British television series to USA users, many for the first time, at a cost of $6.99 per month.
Below is the service's launch tweet.
Now, those further details are available.
A look at the service shows content available across many categories, including "Lifestyle" and documentaries, as well as entertainment genres like comedy and drama. "NW", a story of two friends adapted from Zadie Smith's worldwide best-selling novel, will arrive this spring. After the initial announcement, not much has been released about the new service as they've worked to get the service launched. And while newer shows aren't well represented, there are some worthwhile options when it comes to classic British TV, including the originalversion of The Office, Miss Marple, Gavin & Stacey, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Absolutely Fabulous, Blackadder, and Red Dwarf.
BritBox is starting off with a library with "thousands" of hours or programming, with most exclusive to the service. A BritBox spokesperson says this number will change, as new shows are "added daily". According to Sriraman, it's all about the grouping of shows. The service will also be offering curated playlists, like "Best of British comedy", "Literary Adaptations", or "Very British Beginnings", which will showcase the work of celebrities including James Corden (Late Late Show), Daniel Craig (Spectre), and Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns) early in their careers.
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The service is available in the US. Many U.K. titles are unfamiliar to those this side of the pond, and several of the classic series are on other platforms.
BritBox is a new streaming service, like Netflix or Amazon Prime, except it's completely dedicated to British TV.
Worldwide and ITV have officially launched their British television SVOD service BritBox in the U.S. However, AMC has a non-voting minority stake.
The ad-free subscription service starts at $6.99 (£5.75) per month.
There's a 7-day free trial, but after that BritBox will cost you $6.99 per month paid via a Play Store subscription. A Roku and Chromecast channel will be available shortly.