Nov 132013

ITV is launching a new international service that will make it possible for ex-pats and holiday makers to watch their favourite soaps while abroad.

ITV Essentials will be available in 12 European territories for a monthly subscription of €5.49.

All episodes of popular soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale will be streamed without ads and will include a 30 day catch up window. The service will initially be Wi-Fi only.

ITV’s Controller of Pay and Distribution, Neale Dennett, said: “This is a landmark deal for ITV. We are thrilled that we can now deliver the UK’s favourite soaps to the millions of British fans living and visiting abroad. In Saffron Digital we have found the perfect partner to bring these ambitions to life.”

The launch comes just weeks after BBC Worldwide announced it was abandoning its International iPlayer. ITV is testing a number business models and strategies across multiple platforms.

The service launched Tuesday 12 November 2013 in 12 European territories and will be available for a monthly subscription of €5.49 at

ITV Essentials will stream all episodes of Britain’s favourite soaps – Coronation Street and Emmerdale – without ads and will include a 30 day catch up window.


Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Gibraltar, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain

ITV Essentials allows you to keep up to date with Corrie and Emmerdale, from countries outside the UK, for just €5.49 a month. You can choose from a recurring monthly subscription if you’re abroad long-term, or buy a one-month pass if you’re just visiting.


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  2 Responses to “ITV launches international pay platform for ITV progammes for expats”

  1. Cant see the point of this. Anyone can watch all itv bbc etc. in Spain. All you need to do is download expat shield or similar programes. You can even use catch up.

  2. ANd for some, especially in my area, should hopefully still be able to watch BBC ITV C4 and Fives for free via satellite anyway!

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