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, 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.
We’ve also shown how to watch BBC iPlayer on your own using a proxy.
BritBox Is Entering a Competitive Market
BritBox is entering a competitive market, with people already having a lot of streaming services to choose from. It’s also not the only service focused on British shows. You may want to compare BritBox and AcornTV before making a decision on adding a British-centric streaming service to your subscriptions. 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.
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