BBC and ITV’s ‘BritBox’ Streaming Service Launches in the U.S.

Popular video streaming service from the BBC and ITV called ‘BritBox’, has officially been launched in the U.S. The $6.99 monthly subscription gives users access to a huge library of past BBC and ITV-produced series, including shows like Fawlty Towers, Prime Suspect, Absolutely Fabulous and much more. The service will also offer various fresh episodes of British soaps and dramas as little as 24 hours after their U.K. broadcast (via Variety).

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BritBox will feature the U.S. series premiere of dramas New Blood from writer Anthony Horowitz, and Tutankhamun from writer Guy Burt, as well as the season premieres of drama favorites Cold Feet and Silent WitnessBlackadder with Rowan Atkinson, the original version of The Office with Ricky Gervais, Gavin & Stacey with James Corden, and Absolutely Fabulous with Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, will also be available.

BBC Worldwide and ITV decided to join forces for their American streaming service in December, with AMC Networks — already a partner with BBC Worldwide through its 49.9% ownership in BBC America — taking a minority stake. BritBox will theoretically compete with RLJ Entertainment’s Acorn TV SVOD service, which since 2011 has offered a fairly wide array of British series like “Poirot” for the price of $4.99 a month, or $49.99 for a year.

BritBox has been launched in the U.S. on web, AppleTV, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, and will be available on Roku and Chromecast shortly as well.

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  • RickysCV

    And it’s available in Canada when????

  • karinatwork

    OMG why is nothing ever coming here…? 🙁 I’d be all over that.

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  • Brenda

    Not in Canada? Not a problem. You can stream current BBC (all BBC channels, plus Scotland and Wales with English subtitles), ITV and Channel 4 (including Walter Presents) with a good VPN service.

    Why do those who make programming choices thing everybody in North America is OK with English reruns? I want to watch the London news, British shepherding trials, great documentaries and the latest episode of my favourite crime dramas before they get to Netflix. I do have a Netflix subscription, but am not happy with the selection in Canada where their idea of a “French” movie series is something made in the US and dubbed in French. Quit shoving American programming at us!