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Jul 19th, 2019, 8:54am
BritBox is on its way.....

According to the ITV Press statement here,

"Full stream ahead for BritBox in UK as ITV and BBC sign agreement

ITV and the BBC have now signed an agreement to launch BritBox in the UK in the fourth quarter of this year. †This is a bold, new step for ITV and BBC as they seek to work together to offer something fresh and distinctive to the public.

- 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.

- BritBox will be full of the nationís favourite programmes and the home of the largest collection of British boxsets. In addition to this storehouse, BritBox is commissioning a broad range of original series made exclusively for BritBox. †

- The brand-new streaming service will be co-branded by ITV and the BBC and will showcase the depth and breadth of British creativity, on demand, ad free and all in one place." †

A similar BBC Press Office Statement is here.

The BBC News web-site features the new SVOD service here.

"The BBC and ITV tried to launch something similar a decade ago, but were blocked by regulators. Now they are trying to catch up with their heavyweight competitors. Netflix has more than 150 million subscribers worldwide and reportedly spent $12bn (£9.5bn) on programmes last year."

The "Radio Times" has a Q&A feature here.


"Streaming or Subscription Video On Demand"
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Re: BritBox
Reply #1 - Jul 19th, 2019, 10:31am
Not optimistic -but let's see how it does?
I'm pretty sure that even tv gorging households will budget  for one -and one only TV subscription( eg Netflix) and will-I suspect be reluctant to fork out for something that sort of looks-but isn't like- "free" Iplayer and ITVHub.

Be interesting to see what political questions Britbox raises in relation to the future of the Licence fee too plus of course the ongoing argument of free tv licences for the over 75's.

The serious future surely is a voluntary subscription model to replace the licence fee . Level One -current licence fee customers with the option of upgrading to Level 2-access to Iplayer and Britbox.

Oh yes-and if and when BBC Sounds properly competes with Spotify/Apple/ Amazon( no threat yet!) -maybe there will be a monthly £charge for that too?  

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