BritBox to Debut in 2017

More good news for American fans of British television.

UK broadcasters BBC Worldwide and ITV will introduce BritBox, an ad-free subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service to the US in the first quarter of 2017. AMC Networks, which has a joint venture with BBC Worldwide in BBC America, is investing in BritBox.

Note: Image of ‘Fawlty Towers’ was obtained through a screen grab from YouTube

BritBox will offer classic BBC and ITV series such as Brideshead Revisited, Pride and Prejudice, Upstairs Downstairs, State of Play, Inspector Morse, Rosemary and Thyme, Keeping Up Appearances and Fawlty Towers. The service also promises the premiere of dramas never shown in the US, including novelist Anthony Horowitz’s New Blood, Tutankhamun, The Moonstone and In the Dark. Dramas Cold Feet and Silent Witness will have season debuts.

In addition, Brit soap fans will be able to view popular series such as Eastenders, Emmerdale and Holby City “as soon as 24 hours after their UK broadcast.”

“BritBox will be the best and most comprehensive British streaming service in the US; a rich catalogue of classic, new, and exclusive shows easily accessible to US viewers all in one place,” said Simon Pitts, ITV managing director of online, pay TV and interactive.

BritBox will be accessible via computer, mobile devices, Roku, AppleTV, and Chromecast. Pricing and other information will be announced at launch. Viewers who want to be alerted when BritBox goes live can submit their contact information at BritBox.com.

Last week Acorn TV announced new favorites from the commonwealth that will premiere this January.

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