Britbox


Facebook tests aggregate VOD sales

Social media giant Facebook is attempting to make a play in the SVOD space as an aggregator and reseller.  The site is launching a small-scale test to sell subscriptions for four services. These are Britbox, CollegeHumor’s Dropout, MotorTrend app and Tastemade Plus.  The test will only be available in the US and will begin in […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC iPlayer plan, despite concerns over BritBox

Ofcom has confirmed that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available on the BBC iPlayer service to one year, with some content, including kids content, available for longer. “We have decided that the public value of the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer justifies the adverse impact on […]

ITV chief: BBC iPlayer plans will not impact BritBox

The BBC’s plans to extend the window under which content is available on its iPlayer service will not have a major impact on BritBox, the planned new SVOD JV with ITV, according to ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. Speaking on ITV’s latest quarterly earnings call at the end of last week, McCall said that ITV […]

ITV looks forward to digital future with BritBox and advanced advertising

ITV believes there is “a real appetite” for a new British streaming service like BritBox, with CEO Carolyn McCall hailing the Q4 launch of the ITV-BBC JV alongside ITV’s new programmatic advertising platform as evidence of acceleration of the company’s digital and data capabilities in its latest quarterly update. In its results announcement the commercial […]

BritBox to see Q4 UK launch at £5.99 per month

ITV and BBC have confirmed that BritBox, the PSBs’ attempt at creating a ‘British Netflix’ will launch in Q4 2019 with a monthly cost of £5.99 (€6.67). The price point puts BritBox on par with the cheapest Netflix subscription BritBox’s content will be made up of a catalog of iconic British shows such as Gavin […]

BritBox discussions ‘stalled’ as ITV and BBC agendas diverge

The future of BritBox UK could be in question as the BBC and ITV look to work their way out of a reported deadlock in discussions. The planned UK service, which is to provide British content alongside new BritBox originals commissioned from UK production companies, has been delayed due to stalled talks between the broadcasters, […]

MIPTV: Britbox US beating targets says Sriraman in keynote

Speaking at MIPTV, Soumya Sriraman, president of the North American iteration of ‘best of British TV’ SVOD service BritBox, said it was too early to say how her division would work with the UK version of the service – coming in late 2019. Asked if the two services would pool commissioning budget, she said discussions […]

ITV’s McCall defends BritBox UK project

ITV boss Carolyn McCall has defended the broadcaster’s SVOD tie-up with the BBC, BritBox UK, saying the endeavour is sufficiently “distinctive” and will be “liberating” for producers. Unveiled a month ago by McCall, BritBox UK is intended to be the British equivalent of the eponymous two-year-old US SVOD, offering both archive content and originals. However, its […]

BritBox carries risk of ‘cannibalising’ ITV’s business, say analysts

BritBox, the planned UK SVOD JV between the BBC and ITV, is unlikely to be profitable before 2024, unlikely to contribute to ITV’s bottom line until 2023, and carries a risk of cannibalising ITV’s existing core free-to-air business, according to analysts at Berenberg. According to the investment bank, “the question of positioning the service in […]

BBC and ITV to bring BritBox to the UK

The BBC and ITV expect to launch their joint SVOD service BritBox in the UK in the second half of this year, after agreeing a joint vision for the service. BritBox is currently available in North America and the UK version of the service will offer British content alongside new BritBox originals, commissioned from UK […]