Britbox

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Britbox
BritBox logo.svg
Type of businessPublic
HeadquartersUnited States
Founder(s)
IndustryEntertainment
Products
  • Streaming media
  • Video on demand
Services
  • Film production
  • Film distribution
  • Television production
DivisionsUS streaming
International streaming
Websitehttps://www.britbox.com
RegistrationRequired

Britbox is a subscription video on-demand service owned by BritBox LLC, a joint venture of BBC Studios and ITV plc. It is focused on British television series, featuring current and past series supplied from the BBC and ITV. Some series, such as Coronation Street, have new episodes available within a day after their British premiere, although generally within just a few hours of its UK airing. AMC Networks, the BBC's partner on its domestic cable channel BBC America, has a non-voting minority stake in the service.[1] Its launch was officially announced in March 2017.[2][3] It reported a subscriber base of 250,000 in one year, as of March 2018.[4]

Britbox's service area is the US and Canada.[5][6] However, the list of available programmes differs by country.[7] For example, Britbox carries Coronation Street in the US but not in Canada, where the corresponding rights have long been held by CBC Television.

Programming[edit]

Among the shows offered upon Britbox's initial launch were the US premieres of New Blood and Tutankhamun. In addition, other episodes of new programming available on the service include:

In its debut year of 2017, the service also focused on much of the classic catalogue of British television such as:

More than 3,600 hours of programming are currently[when?] available, with new shows “added daily". The programming is offered without commercial interruption.[10]

Original content[edit]

In September 2017, Britbox released a reconstruction of the Doctor Who story The Wheel in Space using the surviving episodes and reconstruction using Tele-snaps.[11] In July 2018, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco made its debut, the first original drama series in which Britbox held a direct production role.[12]

Britbox UK logo

UK platform[edit]

In February 2019, it was announced that Britbox would be launched in the UK later in the year as a rival to Netflix.[13] Journalist Mark Lawson likened the proposed project to BBC Worldwide's previous failed platform, Project Kangaroo, and described it as "bizarre" and "hugely risky".[14] In March 2019, Channel 4 confirmed interest in collaborating with the BBC and ITV. [15] Currently, McMafia, Last Tango in Halifax, Les Misérables and the sitcom Gavin & Stacey have been confirmed to be available on the UK version.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (13 December 2016). "BBC, ITV Partner for U.S. Streaming Service BritBox, AMC Networks to Take Minority Stake". Variety. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  2. ^ "BBC Worldwide, ITV SVOD Venture BritBox Launches With $6.99 Monthly Price". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  3. ^ "'Coronation Street' Episodes Now Available on BritBox a Day After U.K. Debut". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  4. ^ "BritBox passes 250,000 subscribers". Informitv.com. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  5. ^ "BritBox lands in Canada, sure to be a major disruptor in ever-shifting TV landscape". The Globe and Mail, February 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "BritBox". Britbox.com. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Help & Support: Do you offer the same shows in the US and Canada?". Britbox.com. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b Summers, Nick (3 July 2017). "BBC and ITV's 'BritBox' streaming service arrives in the US". Endgadget UK. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  9. ^ Williams, Mary Elizabeth (7 April 2018). "The best show you're not watching is the UK import "Inside No. 9"". Salon. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  10. ^ Perez, Sarah. "British TV streaming service BritBox launches in U.S." Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  11. ^ Rodriguez, Ashley (21 July 2017). "The "Doctor Who" fans saving the episodes once thought lost to the mists of time and space". Quartz. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  12. ^ White, Peter (4 June 2018). "'The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco': BritBox Offers First Glimpse Of Its First Original, Set To Launch In July". Deadline Hollywood.
  13. ^ "BBC and ITV set to launch Netflix rival". BBC News. 27 February 2019.
  14. ^ "BritBox: the bizarre Netflix rival that will surely bomb". The Guardian. 27 February 2019.
  15. ^ a b Mehmedova, Filiz (7 March 2019). "Channel 4 boss confirms interest in joining BritBox alongside BBC and ITV". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 9 March 2019.

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