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BritBox, a streaming service offering shows from ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, has launched in the United Kingdom (via BBC).


Priced at £5.99 a month, the joint-venture between ITV and the BBC is being pitched as an additional streaming service for viewers who want to view classic British television programs and films, rather than as a direct competitor to Netflix.

BritBox will mostly feature classic series like Cracker, Prime Suspect, Brideshead Revisited, Ashes to Ashes, with comedies including Absolutely Fabulous, Extras, Blackadder and Fawlty Towers. Some archive programs that have been on services like Netflix will now move to BritBox.

More than 600 classic episodes of Doctor Who will be available to stream by Christmas, while shows and movies from Channel 4 and Film4's back catalog will be available in 2020, and original shows from Comedy Central UK will also feature.

Other shows available on the service include Downton Abbey, Gavin & Stacey, Wolf Hall, Love Island and Broadchurch, but it will also include new shows, starting with the drama Lambs of God, which stars The Handmaid's Tale's Ann Dowd, The End of the F****** World's Jessica Barden, and Essie Davis from The White Princess as nuns living on a remote island.

However, some of ITV and the BBC's biggest hits of recent years, such as Killing Eve, Peaky Blinders, and Bodyguard, will not be on it at first, either due to deals with other streaming platforms or because they are still on the broadcasters' own catch-up platforms.


The Guardian reports that the streaming venture has been given a major boost through deals with BT, Channel 4, and mobile company EE.

One of the deals will make BritBox available to tens of millions of EE mobile customers across the U.K., while a wider deal with BT - which owns EE - will make Britbox available to the millions of customers who subscribe to its pay-TV service.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 will provide thousands of hours of TV and film content to BritBox as part of a three-year deal, meaning shows from all the U.K.'s main TV channels will be available on one catch-up platform for the first time.

BritBox enters a streaming market long-dominated by Netflix and Amazon Video, but now quickly flooding with rival services jostling for attention. Apple TV+ launched last week featuring $2 billion worth of original programming, while Disney+ is due to arrive on November 12 boasting 500 feature films and over 7,500 shows, including the entire Pixar library and a raft of original content.

BritBox is available in the U.K. via iOS and Android apps, Apple TV, web browsers, and "smart" Samsung TVs released in 2017 or later. BritBox launched in the U.S. two years ago with a different catalog of content and has attracted 650,000 subscribers.

Article Link: BritBox UK Streaming Service Launches for £5.99 per Month
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macrumors 68000
Jun 6, 2017
£5.99 a month or £5.99 + TV licence. Less we forget the rather daft name that highly suggests it is for English viewers only.

Edit: Answered my own question, no BBC tax required. But still what a daft name.
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Jan 24, 2018
And from Boxing Day all episodes of Doctor Who (1963-1989) will be available! I wish we got this in Australia, we have to settle for whatever Brit telly the ABC gets. ?
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macrumors newbie
Nov 20, 2016
I hope this comes to Australia as I’m signing up straight away.

forgrt Apple Disney Netflix amazon this is what I want

Quality, classic, intelligent tv at its very best

I love this channel! I’ve had it for a few years now and it never disappoints.


macrumors 68020
Mar 14, 2012
Leeds, UK
Can’t see anything I want to watch tbh. Might subscribe here and there for the odd month as I’m now doing with Netflix.

Will stick with Prime, Apple TV+ and Disney+ along with all the catchup services


macrumors 6502a
Feb 20, 2019
Already paid for these shows with my TV license, now they want me to pay again, Get stuffed BBC.

Well no... You paid for a service to make and present you programs within that year. Many of the programmes were made a long time ago and likely you were not paying for them then. Ironically the Licence fee should be called a subscription...but of course it's basically a compulsory tax.

Point in case. Every Doctor who before about 2000 I never funded though the licence. should I be allowed access to it forever? Does it instantly become public domain? Or Fawlty Towers,

I am guessing with your indignation you have NEVER bought a DVD / VHS / Digital content of anything ever... because you are basically arguing that if you have seen it once you own it and you should have it for free again.

The content is really pretty good and I am sure they will add more in the future... BUT I do think it should be about £40 a year.


macrumors 65816
Jun 23, 2003
Gravesend, United Kingdom
I'm not entirely sure what the point of this is for UK residents - it's not replacing iPlayer, itv Hub, 4oD etc.

However, it's great that it opens up an international viewership which our broadcasters can earn from. In particular, it helps the BBC licence fee can stay flat in real-terms and gives the commercial broadcasters more cash to invest in programming. Probably especially useful for Channel 4 which is, like the BBC, a Public Service Broadcaster but entirely commercially-funded. Would hate for C4 to be gobbled up by some random US conglomerate in the same manner as Five or Sky.
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