ITV’s new, free streaming platform, ITVX, is officially launching today (8th December 2022).
ITVX will replace ITV Hub as the online home of all ITV content.
ITVX viewers are promised “a new and improved product experience through ITVX, as well as new and exclusive programmes to stream for free.”
What is ITVX?
ITV describes ITVX as the UK’s freshest streaming service, letting viewers stream new programme exclusives, with adverts, for free; ranging from dramas, documentaries, US series, comedy and reality shows to films and more.
ITVX will also live stream certain events, from live sport to Love Island, as they are broadcast on ITV’s channels, and will offer an ever-changing host of exclusive themed channels in line with viewer preferences and popularity.
Do I have to pay to watch ITVX?
The streaming service will be the first in the UK to offer viewers the flexibility to access free content with ads and ad-free paid subscription, all in one place. Paying subscribers will also have access to BritBox UK.
What will I be able to watch on ITVX?
All ITV’s channels will be available to livestream through ITVX, as well as additional themed channels (known as FAST channels).
At launch, viewers will have access to over 10,000 hours of content in high definition, and ITVX will also drop new and exclusive programmes every week of the year.
Included within this will be:
Bespoke ITVX commissions – From launch day, ITVX will be releasing its inaugural commissions of drama – including the six-part cold war drama, A Spy Among Friends, starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce. On a weekly basis, at least one flagship show will then launch on ITVX with Litvinenko starring David Tennant and Mark Bonnar launching on Thursday, December 15. ITV dramas past and present – Broadchurch, Cold Feet, Vera and many more fan favourites will be available on demand.
Documentaries – Documentaries will be available, such as A Year On Planet Earth and the true crime series Monster in My Family.
Cult classics and hundreds of blockbuster films – Viewers will be able to switch from Wonder Woman and the Back to the Future trilogy among more than 250 other offerings.
Science fiction and fantasy – These offerings include Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
Where can I watch ITVX?
ITVX can be accessed by anyone using a smart TV, laptop, phone, tablet or streaming device which has the ITVX app downloaded.
The application itself can be found on the Apple and Android app stores.
Does ITVX cater for any disabilities?
When ITVX launches, deaf viewers will have access to what is a streaming first – a British Sign Language channel.
The rail will solely feature signed programming, which will include a range of shows like the Emmerdale and Coronation Street omnibus episodes, Cilla, Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, Vera, Lewis, and The Saint.
In addition, the channel will be regularly updated and evolve to include both recent and archive programming from a wide variety of genres.
Subtitles will be offered to viewers as an option for more than 90% of on-demand programmes on every platform and device – from the mobile apps, through the main web browsers to all connected TVs and plug-in devices.
For live TV watched through ITVX, subtitles will be available to around 80% of viewers, watching through mobile apps, web browsers and most connected TV devices, with work in progress to enable live subtitling via the remaining platforms, Freeview, YouView, Freesat and Chromecast.
Meanwhile, audio description is available for around 20% of programmes on the platform at launch, including all new ITV drama, with platforms prioritised in consultation with the RNIB.
ITVX “FAST” channels
ITVX will offfer 20 online-only, so-called ‘FAST’ channels, monothematic channels dedicated to ITV shows including Inspector Morse, Love Island, The Chase and Vera. Ie one stream, showing one series / theme all day every day.
FAST stands for Free Ad-supported Streaming TV.
ITVX Channels – The full list (December 2022)
Crime Drama: Crime series from ITV’s rich archives, including Prime Suspect.
Classic Movies: Vintage films from the heyday of cinema.
Hell’s Kitchen: Confrontations in the kitchen with Gordon Ramsey.
ITV Classics: Sitcoms and dramas from the 1970s and 1980s
ITV Signed: New and archive ITV programmes with in-vision signing. More about ITV Signed…
Love Island: Episodes from the UK version of ITV’s hit reality show.
Love Island International: Episodes for international versions of the show.
Loved Up: dating and romance reality TV programmes.
Midsomer Murders: Back-to-back episodes from the long-running light-hearted crime drama series.
Out of this World: Sci-fi from through the decades, including Space: 1999
Real Housewives UK: British versions of the international reality format.
Saturday Night Every Night: home of Saturday night entertainment shows including The Masked Singer.
The Chase: Back-to-back episodes of the quiz show presented by Bradley Walsh
TOWIE TV: Nothing but The Only Way is Essex, 24/7.
True Crime International: Accounts of real life crime.
Unwind with ITV1: Mindfulness and relaxation
Vera: Crime drama set in the North East starring Brenda Blethyn.
World Cup Classics: Archive World Cup games.
World of Morse: the home of Inspector Morse and its spin-offs, including Endeavour.
Xmas Movies: pop-up channel dedicated to made for TV Christmas movies.
ITVX In Spain
To access ITVX in Spain you will need to be running an VPN or SmartDNS service that hides the fact you are trying to access UK only online content from outside the UK.
The UK TV Catch-up services, like ITVX and Iplayer, are indented for use in the UK only. Access to On Demand and Catch Up TV in Spain from other countries will be blocked. This blocking is “policed” by checking your internet IP address. Spanish IP addresses will be blocked from connecting to these On Demand and Catch Up TV in Spain.
The only way to connect to these UK TV Catch-up services is by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or SMART DNS service.
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ITVX and Humax Freesat boxes
This is due to ITV upgrading the content protection technology on its streaming platform, which makes both ITV Hub, and the new ITVX app, incompatible with some older devices – including Humax’s Freesat boxes.
And, since Humax’s older Freesat boxes can no longer be updated with the new software requirements – ITVX won’t work on them.
The affected models, which will not be getting ITVX (and where ITV Hub no longer works), are: