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Britbox UK - UK SVoD Platform.

£5.99 per month - Platform now live. (February 2019)

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Whataday Founding member
At launch they could really do with something like the premiere of the Gavin & Stacey special in advance of its TV airing. But the BBC would never allow that to happen for obvious reasons.
Asa Admin
Yep, there would be such negative publicity if the BBC were to premier a new episode/show on BritBox first - it was bad enough with the Twitterati getting their pitchforks out for the BBC over Killing Eve S2 before realising it was a commercial production.

ITV could be in a position to do it, as would presumably independents who couldn't get a shot on linear TV. It may actually help broadcasters because of something goes viral on the platform then it could then be broadcast on BBC/ITV.

I guess the service doesn't need to be the next Netflix, just pay for itself and tick over with subscribers - after all it is simply meant to be an additional revenue stream like VHS and DVDs before it.

Really hope they get the best from the tech teams at iPlayer and Hub involved to make it a good user experience. Funny to think where we might be now if Kangaroo had been allowed all those years ago.
London Lite Founding member
I'd like to hope that Britbox will be 1080p for the HD content they have the rights for?
DVB Cornwall
I'd like to hope that Britbox will be 1080p for the HD content they have the rights for?

From the BBC Media Centre article ....

BritBox will be competitively priced at £5.99 per month in HD and across multiple screens and devices, which is less than other streaming services
Would ITV be willing to put Emmerdale/Corrie on there a day ahead of the ITV broadcast, or more likely a BritBox specific "straight to video" style special.

I just can't see it taking off really - I don't get round to watching most things on Netflix, Now TV, Amazon Prime or indeed the BBC iPlayer, so aren't going to add another to the mix. ITV aren't really going to have much to offer beyond what they offered on Encore, though I guess they could leverage the power of Love Island and put the international versions and former seasons on there. A bold thing would be to put their winter season there (as CBS did one year with Big Brother when launching All Access), but even ITV aren't going to risk what is their biggest cash cow at the moment for a fledgling service.

They also of course have to get the service out there too - even if it will be available via Freeview Play, Sky and Virgin Media I suspect it won't be added to older Smart TVs.
DVB Cornwall
I've no written confirmation but in conversation it has been suggested to me that streams of ITV2-4 in HD are likely to be added to Britbox enabling many the opportunity to gain access for the first time.
Britbox US/Canada just updated its user interface a few days ago. Likely in anticipation of the UK launch.

30 days later

A Britbox logo has appeared on
DVB Cornwall
On what page and in what context?
Square Eyes Founding member
Home page, at the top centre. Not on mobile though.

Takes you to
DVB Cornwall
Not seeing using Chrome, but can on iPad Safari. Thanks.

25 days later

Square Eyes Founding member
Channel 5 & Comedy Central join Britbox

I wonder if Channel 4 will onboard.

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