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As if there aren’t enough to choose from already, another new streaming television service has launched in the United States. Called BritBox, this one is solely focused on British TV shows. Which means expats and Anglophiles alike can now stream British TV to their hearts’ content.

As a Brit I’m happy to admit U.S. television is king right now. There are so many quality American shows available there aren’t enough hours in the day to watch them all. However, British TV has its own fair share of must-watch shows 8 British Comedies All Americans Should Watch on Netflix 8 British Comedies All Americans Should Watch on Netflix If you want to indulge in the UK's eccentricities, awkwardness, and undeniable wit, here are just a few British comedies you need to check out, all of which are available to watch on Netflix. Read More , which is why BritBox is now a thing.

BritBox Puts British Shows on the Box

BritBox is a new streaming television service from the BBC and ITV. This is a paid subscription service, so all shows are available to stream without any advertising. Unfortunately, the lineup of shows, at least at launch, will only appeal to a certain audience.

The British-centric streaming service currently offers over 2,000 hours of programming, with new shows added daily. Shows available at launch include Cold Feet, Silent Witness, Miss Marple, Fawlty Towers, and Absolutely Fabulous. New episodes of some shows (mostly soaps) will be available 24 hours after they’re broadcast in the UK.

BritBox is available right now in the U.S. on the web, Android, and Apple TV. With apps for iOS, Roku, and Chromecast said to be in the works. New users can try BritBox out for free for seven days, after which it will cost $6.99-per-month.

BritBox Is Entering a Competitive Market

BritBox is entering a competitive market, with people already having a lot of streaming services to choose from 10 Niche Streaming Services for Those Who Hate Netflix 10 Niche Streaming Services for Those Who Hate Netflix Mainstream streaming services carry mainstream content. What can you do if you want to watch something a little less conventional? You're better off checking out these alternative streaming services packed full of niche content. Read More . The launch lineup looks OK, but to really succeed BritBox is going to have to consistently deliver quality content. And Eastenders and Emmerdale just aren’t going to cut the mustard.


Are you interested in BritBox? Are you a Brit living in the U.S.? Or an American with a penchant for everything British? Which shows from the launch lineup appeal? Is $6.99-per-month a fair asking price for such a service? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Deborah Nardi
    April 13, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Will it be offered on amazon prime at any point?

  2. Ken
    March 25, 2017 at 2:28 am

    I would definitely sign up for Britbox if there were an app on my Samsung Smart TV. However, I don't want to purchase a box for each of my TVs. So, unless an app becomes available, I will not be purchasing boxes for all my TVs, and I won't be getting Britbox.

    Britbox, you need to come up with some apps!!!

  3. George Murphy
    March 11, 2017 at 6:07 am

    I'm an American that loves Brit TV so I signed up for the free trial today. Good selection of programs. However, I was very disappointed in the lack of Chromecast. I am likely to drop my subscription if Chromecast isn't rolled out very speedily.

  4. KT
    March 8, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    As an American, I disagree with you on U.S. tv being king. Most of my favorite shows feature British actors/actresses: Black Sails, Game of Thrones, Vikings, Mrs. Brown's Boys, anything with Patrick Stewart, The Walking Dead is full of English actors. Even a lot of my favorite cancelled shows hail from the U.K. Musketeers, Being Human (the U.S. version was unwatchable), The Young Ones, etc. I guess my Scotch/Irish roots and growing up on British metal influences my taste a bit, lol. Great article, I'll be trying it.

    • Jonus Grundger
      March 11, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      I agree, American TV is mostly garbage. Reality shows are the worst and had influence to our young generation. Cop and murder shows are what sells, really? British TV has always been educational and comical.

  5. Christine
    March 8, 2017 at 4:17 am

    I love the idea! I pretty much watch only British tv shows anyway, they are just so interesting. I use the Android box, so I can pretty much any Brit show already.

  6. CC Waterback
    March 8, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Sign me up! I've greatly enjoyed British telly since first visiting there over 30 years ago. Being able to watch things on such a short delay would be worth the price of admission!

  7. Jo
    March 8, 2017 at 1:31 am

    YW. I love British TV, so thought I'd learn about Britbox. I was thinking of getting AcornTv, and it seems to have alot more programing for 2 less $. We get a lot of British programming here on PBS, but they're having a pledge break! 2 weeks worth! I have Netflix and Amazon. I have Hulu too, but not for long, when I tried to cancel they gave me a free month so.....after that :) I've got Slingtv, which I like because it has BBC America, but I find I don't watch it much. Maybe once the Doctor comes back. I can't find my perfect streaming plan and it's a pain. So similar to the cable experience, where you can never quite get what you want at the price you want to pay! If i can just hold out until the new Star Trek comes out on CBS all access, the plan is to cancel Hulu and sling, and pay $5.99 for CBS all access. And I just learned there's a commercial free version for $9.99. Maybe in a year there'll be a $25 a month service that has channels I watch, multiple streaming, commercial free, dvr capabiity. lol

    • Marc
      March 14, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Looks like some shows, such as Prime Suspect, have moved from AcornTV to BritBox. Also, AcornTV has a poor customer service reputation. They are known to keep charging you after you cancel.

  8. Jo
    March 8, 2017 at 1:10 am

    2000 what?

    • Dave Parrack
      March 8, 2017 at 1:13 am

      Hours. Fixed! Thanks :)