BritBox is an upcoming Netflix competitor that will showcase the best of British television from the BBC and ITV.
The service is planned to launch in the second half of 2019 in the UK, and has been described by ITV’s chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall as the home for “British creativity”.
Early reports suggest that the service could cost £5 per month and feature shows both new and old. You can read the full announcement on the BBC Media Centre.
Which TV series will be on BritBox?
The available content for BritBox has not yet been announced. As the service has been described as an archive for British TV, we’re fully expecting to see old- and modern classics from both channels make an appearance.
BritBox is already available in the US and its success across the pond is part of what influenced its arrival in the UK. Taking a look at the shows available on the US version we can safely assume the likes of Inspector Morse, Life on Mars and Scott and Bailey will be among the first series to make an appearance.
Will BritBox replace iPlayer and ITV Hub?
BritBox is not designed to replace iPlayer and ITV Hub. Both these services will continue to provide access to live TV and on-demand content for a limited period of time after it has been aired live.
BritBox is instead expected to host shows from the BBC and ITV archives in more of a boxset format. TV shows will appear live on air and then head to on-demand on the iPlayer or ITV Hub, before being archived on BritBox to be enjoyed at any time.
Dame Carolyn told The Today Programme that it would be “one permanent, comprehensive home where anyone in Britain can get all of our library content - both the ITV and BBC library - in one place and they can watch it anytime, anywhere”.