A new streaming service launches in the UK today, don’t get too excited there’s only one new programme on the £5.99/month service called BritBox, which offers shows from ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
With the news of the launch of BritBox, the BBC is talking about the crowded space that BritBox is launching into and why would people want to pay £5.99/month for programmes they have mostly already watched, especially when Netflix and others offer lots of new programming.
They go on to talk about how Disney will launch their own streaming service, Disney+, in the UK in March 2020. Tune into the BBC News channel where the segment on BritBox is being aired throughout the day.
BritBox, a streaming service offering shows from ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, has launched in the UK.
Downton Abbey, Gavin & Stacey, Wolf Hall, Love Island and Broadchurch are among the shows available.
C4 and C5 have come on board after ITV and the BBC announced BritBox as a way to get into the paid streaming market.
The service will cost £5.99 per month and will mostly feature classic series, but will also include new shows, beginning with Lambs of God.
The drama stars The Handmaid’s Tale’s Ann Dowd, The End of the F****** World’s Jessica Barden and Essie Davis from The White Princess as nuns living on a remote island. It was originally shown on Australian TV in July.
Reemah Sakaan, ITV’s group director for streaming, said there was a “whole slate of original programmes” in development for BritBox.
While the service will be a second or third subscription for many viewers, it will be able to rival the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Apple TV+, she said.
The March 2020 date had been cited previously when a Disney spokesperson told German Media site Digitalfernsehen.de that Disney+ would roll-out to all other parts of western Europe by March 2020.
While Disney+ launches in the US next Tuesday, November 12th, it seems we have a four month wait before it lands on the shores of the UK.