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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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