Netflix has taken the internet streaming services by storm. To combat Netflix’s streaming monopolization, the BBC and ITV created BritBox. The Britbox platform is the British broadcasters’ “joint vision” for a streaming service in the UK.
ITV and the BBC launched the joint venture, Britbox. The UK-based pay streaming service will provide access to British TV shows and commission new programs. The service has surpassed expectations and boasts over half a million European subscribers.
BritBox has been available in the US and has around 1.5 million subscribers. So far, Britbox is a top-rated service offered internationally.
ITV CEO Carolyn McCall stated, “BritBox will be the home for the best of British creativity – celebrating the best of the past, the best of today, and investing in new British originated content in the future.”
The platform promises the most extensive stockpile of British TV content assembled on one platform. You can find Jane Austen-style period dramas to beloved British comedies. New commissions tailored explicitly for the service are online now.
Internationally famed British shows are found on Britbox. If you search for Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Extras, Love Island, and Wolf Hall, they are all available to watch on BritBox now.
At first glance, Acorn TV and BritBox seem the same: They offer a mix of old and new school series. If you search for a new crime series, you can find them, Poirot, to Vera. If you are in search of documentaries and popular British films you will find them here too.
When it comes to watching British TV, does it matter picking one streaming service over another? You bet it does. Britbox and Acorn have some similarities but differ in terms of the focus and breadth of offerings they bring to their audience.
If you wish to try BritBox, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial. Be aware you will need to enter your credit card details. After the trial ends, BritBox will automatically charge you the £5.99/month.
A BritBox subscription is a monthly contract that can cancel at any point. Currently, there is no annual payment choice for BritBox.
Britbox is available via iOS and Android apps. You can also use your Samsung smart TV or Apple TV+. The Britbox app is also downloadable on these devices: Apple TV Select Samsung Smart TVs iPhone iPod touch iPad Android phones and tablets
Yes! Live events, including the Royal Wedding, Carols from King’s, Remembrance Day, Trooping the Colour, and more, are streamed live on Britbox.
If you miss the live stream, most live streams have an encore stream. Many times you will be able to stream the event after it has ended.
Live & encore streams are currently available on Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, iPad & iPhone, and AppleTV.
Unfortunately, live & encore streams aren’t available via the web at BritBox.com, Android, or Chromecast. Though shortly after the event has ended, you will be able to watch it.
Some of the shows available comprise Downton Abbey, Gavin and Stacey, Only Fools and Horses, The Great British Bake Off, Broadchurch, Miss Marple, Love Island, Happy Valley, Les Misérables, The Office, and Doctor Foster.
Maybe the most important is all 627 episodes of Doctor Who are on Britbox. The original episodes from 1963 and 1989 are also available.
BritBox’s first exclusive drama, Lambs of God, is a popular series. Two new Midsomer Murders episodes and a selection of classic films are included in the subscription.
BritBox is going head to head with the likes of Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Now TV. There is a clever free online tool to give you an idea of the best option for you. JustWatch, catalogs what shows and films are shown on different streaming services. Here’s how BritBox compares with other streaming services on cost:
Apple TV+ £4.99/mth or £49.99/yr Share with up to six family members
Amazon Prime Video only £5.99/mth HD and three-screen viewing
BritBox £5.99/mth HD and five-screen viewing
Netflix Basic £5.99/mth Basic package, standard definition, one screen
Now TV £8.99/mth for ‘Entertainment Pass’ HD and two-screen viewing
YouTube Premium £11.99/mth HD, multi-screen viewing
BritBox will feature a chronicle of British shows plus new premium shows created for the service. Eventually, there will be a good mixture of genres.
Here is a guide to the best TV shows on Britbox. Including Spitting Image, the new series, which was launched October 3, 2020, is solely on the service.
The BBC and ITV have vocalized it will not change the way their “catch-up” services operate. BBC iPlayer and the ITV Hub handle these services as BritBox will not have the opportunity to access the current or recently aired shows. New shows are likely to advance to BritBox only after being made accessible on “catch-up” first.
The decision does mean British broadcasters are likely to stop licensing their archive material. Streaming services such as Netflix will not have access to this content.
The removal of access will help drive new subscribers to Britbox. However, the full details will be confirmed when both ITV and the BBC finalize their formal legal agreement.
Yes, for the most part. BritBox will bring iconic shows such as Gavin & Stacey, The Office, Victoria, Happy Valley, Broadchurch, Les Miserables, and Benidorm, which will be on the service at launch or come onto the service shortly after when licenses with other SVODs ends,” according to BBC and ITV’ released statements.
“Largely, and certainly in the medium term, what is on Netflix will not be on BritBox, what is on Disney will not be on BritBox, and what is on BritBox will not be on those services,” McCall says. “They will be unique, and they will be distinctive. Britbox is not doing what Netflix does as the service is complimentary.”
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