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BBCWW, ITV to launch SVOD service Britbox

BBC Worldwide and ITV are teaming up to launch BritBox, an ad-free subscription video-on-demand service in the United States. AMC Networks, which has a joint venture with BBC Worldwide for cable ...
December 13, 2016

BBC Worldwide and ITV are teaming up to launch BritBox, an ad-free subscription video-on-demand service in the United States.

AMC Networks, which has a joint venture with BBC Worldwide for cable net BBC America, is also on board with a non-voting minority interest.

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK pubcaster BBC, and commercial broadcaster ITV are sharing an equal majority stake in the service, which will debut in the first quarter of 2017.

BritBox will combine programming from both BBC and ITV and include a mix of recent and classic British drama series and sitcoms, and a “Now” section featuring soap operas that will be made available 24 hours after their UK broadcast. The list of doc and lifestyle to be made available on the platform have not yet been announced.

The list of drama series set to air on Britbox include previously unavailable-in-the-U.S. titles such as New Blood, Tutankhamun, The Moonstone  and In The Dark.

Upon its launch in the U.S., Britbox will available via responsive web, mobile, Roku, AppleTV and Chromecast. The companies also plan to roll out the service in international markets.

Pricing and full programming will be announced at the time of launch.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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