Best of British TV to be available in the US

British expats living in the United States will be able to enjoy many of their favourite British TV programmes in their adopted home country when a new online streaming service launches next year.

‘BritBox’ is due to become available before the end of March 2017 and will offer a range of top British TV programmes from the BBC and ITV.

“The BBC and ITV are the two most prolific content producers and broadcasters in British television – both known for their unrivalled, ground-breaking shows,” said Ann Sarnoff, President, BBC Worldwide North America. “BritBox will offer a streaming experience like no other, with thousands of hours of programs across a wide variety of genres – some of which will be available right after their UK broadcast. This will be a must-have service for lovers of British television,” she added.

Subscribers to the service able to watch episodes of many of their favourite British TV programmes, including soaps and dramas such as EastEnders, Emmerdale and Holby City, as little as 24 hours after they are first broadcast in the UK.

The service will also showcase heritage dramas and sitcoms from the back catalogue of the UK’s two premiere broadcasters. Such shows include Brideshead Revisited, Pride and Prejudice, Upstairs Downstairs and Fawlty Towers. However, BBC programmes which are already available on other providers, such as NetFlix and BBC America, will not be available on BritBox. This includes Doctor Who, which is screened on BBC America before moving on to Netflix at a later date.

The platform will let viewers watch shows without adverts.

Article published 14th December 2016