You Can Now Stream British TV Using BritBox

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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 Here are the best British comedies on Netflix for indulging in the UK's eccentricities, awkwardness, and wit. 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.

We’ve also shown how to watch BBC iPlayer on your own using a proxy How to Watch BBC iPlayer With a VPN or UK Proxy How to Watch BBC iPlayer With a VPN or UK Proxy There are ways to circumvent geo-restrictions on streaming media. Here's how you can watch BBC iPlayer with a VPN or UK proxy. Read More .

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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  1. Mick
    March 10, 2019 at 4:57 am

    The only place I have seen BritBox is thru Amazon Prime. AP charges me $12.99 a month so I am reluctant to pay an additional $6.99 for BritBox. Might be interested if I didn't have to go through AP.

  2. Geoff Smith
    February 18, 2018 at 12:54 am

    ......Your having a larf!! American TV is better than what we dish up?! You need a brain transplant mate...and quickly! Hey son, even our bloody commercials are better....Need to wake up or else we will get your passport revoked and you will have to stay here forever...........!!!! ???

  3. Penelope Jane Guyton
    November 28, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    We want to buy a smart TV. We already subscribe to Britbox. Will we be able to load it on to a smart TV. Will we need something like Roku or Firestick? Or will we still have to cast from another device, which is very unsatisfactory. At the moment programs are constantly interrupted by buffering, or something goes wrong with the interface. We need a new TV but would really love an easier way to watch superior British TV.

  4. Penelope Jane Guyton
    November 28, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    We are thinking of getting a smart tv. We do not know if we can load Britbox on to the TV, whether we will also need something like Amazon Firestick or Roku, or whether we will still have to cast it from another device -- which is terribly awkward and constantly interrupted with buffering and so on. Any help with this will be greatly appreciated. We want to upgrade, but also want our ability to watch superior British TV to improve.

    • karen price
      November 4, 2018 at 12:55 am

      I ordered britbox and had to cancel it already due to the ft that I thought I could watch it on my TV. I can't. I have a smart tv and get Netflix. Why can't I get Britbox?

  5. lawna house
    October 22, 2017 at 3:37 am

    For $6.99 a month, I watch Britbox on my computer, when I watch it. I find it not a great value for the money because the only offerings are ages old, and most are available on free streaming services if one knows where to look. I keep waiting for Britbox to get better, but if it doesn't, I will drop my subscription. Britbox has not advised me that I can stream from current-day offerings on BBC and ITV, which is what the article here seems to point to.

  6. Richard
    October 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Need a smart tv app or chrome cast app before I will subscribe.

  7. Sam
    August 15, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    How can I watch Britbox on a Samsung Smart tv without using Amazon?

  8. Veronica
    July 23, 2017 at 12:18 am

    I have subscribed to Britbox. I am enjoying it. Of course, I would watch Judy Dench if she stood on stage and read the telephone book. My only problem is that the accents on some of the shows is hard for an American to decipher. Tried Eastenders and Coronation Street and couldn't understand a word. P.B.S. gives us many wonderful British programs and I have never had a problem with accents. I just started my subscription so will see how it goes.

  9. Lorene Woxman
    June 24, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    I don't understand how Britbox works! Is it ONLY available by streaming? OR can I watch it on my Samsung Smart TV, as I do Netflix and Acorn TV?

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

    Will it be offered on amazon prime at any point?

  11. 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!!!

    • Felicity
      June 18, 2017 at 1:12 am

      I agree. Samsung has an Acorn app, so I hope they add BritBox soon.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

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

    2000 what?

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

      Hours. Fixed! Thanks :)