Britbox, from BBC and ITV, to launch later this year.
BBC and ITV’s new UK streaming subscription service BritBox will launch later this year at £5.99 a month, the broadcasters haveconfirmed today.
The new service, which has been described as being ‘truly British’, will launch in the UK between October and December.
The Britbox service will focus on providing a backlog of classic British boxsets, for programmes that once upon a time would have been sold on a VHS cassette from Woolworths or on a BBC DVD on Amazon.
BBC and ITV said BritBox, which they are hoping will counter competition from US media giants, will cost ‘less than other streaming services’. As well as hosting a number of TV boxsets, BritBox will also feature new shows which will be commissioned especially for the streaming service.
Boxsets such as Love Island, Gentleman Jack, Gavin and Stacey, Victoria, Happy Valley, Broadchurch, Les Miserables, The Office and Benidorm will all go on the service.
The £5.99 cost in HD includes multiple screens and devices.
Despite being a joint venture, BritBox will primarily be an ITV-controlled venture, with the broadcaster initially holding 90 per cent and the BBC holding 10 per cent of the equity.