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What is BritBox,

 

how much does it cost and is it free with ITVX?

 

 

BritBox is a subscription streaming service originally launched by the BBC and ITV. It has since become part of ITVX. Here’s what you need to know.

If you live in the UK, you may have heard of BritBox. It is a subscription-based video streaming service, originally created by the British broadcasters BBC and ITV. However, it is now run entirely by ITV and is part of the ITVX streaming service.

It is available to try for free for 7 days as part of an ITVX Premium subscription and can be viewed across multiple devices, including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, Xbox consoles, Sky devices, Virgin Media and Samsung smart TVs.

Here we explain everything you need to know about BritBox, including how it works, how much it costs and the connection to ITVX.

What is BritBox?

The BBC and ITV partnered to bring BritBox to the UK at the end of November 2019.

It launched as an original, paid-for, multi-device streaming service, much like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.

However, after acquiring sole ownership of the brand in the UK, ITV has since incorporated it into its ITVX streaming service as one of the benefits of a premium subscription. The BritBox app is still available to existing subscribers, but new subscribers will need to sign up through ITVX.

In terms of content, the service hosts the “largest collection of British content on any streaming service.” This is primarily iconic collections from the ITV and BBC archives, plus classic British films.

BritBox Programs

BritBox claims to host the largest collection of British collections of any streaming service: over 300 different titles from the Beeb, ITV, Channel 4, Film4 and Channel 5. No word yet on whether the latter channels will remain available, as the platform’s new home is ITVX.

Entre las series que se ofrecen están Cracker, Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Spooks, Only Fools and Horses y muchas más.

Also available is the entire Doctor Who series, from 1963 to 1989, with all available episodes of the first eight Doctors. And if it’s a bit of nostalgia you’re after, there’s also Grange Hill in its entirety.

There are also many classic British films, such as Carry On, The Ipcress File and Hitchcock thrillers.

The service included new and original programs, such as Spitting Image. But, with the move to ITVX, it’s likely that everything new will carry a different brand in the future.

 

What devices does BritBox work on?

The BritBox app is available on the following devices and continues to work:

Amazon Fire TV Android phones and tablets Apple TV Apple TV BT TV Smart TVs Bush Freesat Google Chromecast Smart TV Hisense Smart TVs Hitachi iPad iPhone iPod touch Smart TV JVC Smart TV LG Smart TV Logik Mac or PC (via web browser) Netgem Smart TV Panasonic Smart TV Polaroid Streaming devices Roku Smart TV Samsung Smart TV Sony TalkTalk TV Smart TV Toshiba Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S YouView Keep Reading.

However, if you are a new subscriber, you will need to install and watch the same programming through the ITVX app instead. It is available on the following:
 

How much does BritBox cost?

BritBox costs current subscribers £5.99 per month for HD video on “multiple screens and devices”. However, for exactly the same price you can pay for an ITX Premium subscription that not only gives you all of BritBox’s content, but also ad-free access to all of ITV’s on-demand and catch-up content, offline viewing and many new programs before they air on TV.

 

Free trial of BritBox

If you are new to BritBox or ITVX Premium, you can enjoy a 7-day free trial period before making your first payment. More information on the official websites: britbox.co.uk o itv.com.

 

Is BritBox UK the same as BritBox US?

BritBox has been available in the U.S. and Canada for years, but it’s not the same service.

Also a BBC and ITV venture, the North American BritBox launched in March 2017.

It is different in that it is simply a portal for British programming, with a smaller selection of archival and recent programs available on demand. There is no original programming in the proposed BritBox US.

 

Haven’t the BBC and ITV done this before?

The BritBox concept was first explored by the BBC and ITV, along with its original partner Channel 4, in 2008 under the name Project Kangaroo.

It was to be a subscription-based streaming service for the three networks’ boxes, but was rejected by the Competition Commission at the time because it would “restrict competition in the supply of video-on-demand (VOD) services in the UK.”

The project was finally scrapped in 2009, after some tweaks to the concept were also rejected.

Instead, the UK VOD market is now largely dominated by US services.

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