Britbox


BritBox exec teases further global expansion

BBC Studios’ North American streamer BritBox could be set for a wider roll-out after global distribution president Paul Dempsey admitted there were more markets where the UK-skewing service could work. SVOD service BritBox, which was first launched in the US and Canada in 2017, offers an array of UK programming and earlier this summer said […]

BritBox announces UK management team

BritBox has announced its management team for the UK ahead of the streamer’s launch in Q4. The team is led by the previously announced Reemah Sakaan who has expanded her BritBox US and CA role to become group director of SVOD at ITV. She is responsible for leading the UK launch and reports to Kevin […]

Britbox announces first British distribution deals

Britbox, the SVOD streaming initiative of the BBC and ITV, has announced its first set of distribution deals in the UK.  The company has announced that the OTT platform will be available on Samsung, Freeview Play and YouView devices. Launching between October and December 2019, Britbox will set subscribers back £5.99 per month and will […]

Viacom agrees Channel 5 and Comedy Central deals for UK Britbox

Viacom’s UK channels, Comedy Central and Channel 5, have joined the BBC and ITV’s joint SVOD BritBox. The deal – for which discussions have been ongoing for more than a year, long before the service was formally announced – will see hundreds of hours of British content from the Viacom channels joining BritBox from launch. […]

No to advertising, says Britbox president Sriraman

Britbox president Soumya Sriraman has brushed aside the possibility of an ad-supported model for the platform. “We didn’t consider advertising,” Sriaman said on an IBC panel that was discussing the differences between AVODs and SVODs. She added that “Our idea all along is that we wanted to offer the audience something complete” and that a […]

Berenberg: ‘uncompelling’ Britbox leaves ITV ‘between a rock and hard place’

The proposed Britbox streaming service between ITV and BBC in the UK looks “uncompelling” in the face of growing SVOD competition, including Apple’s announcement that its own streaming offering would be priced as low as US$4.99, according to analysts from Berenberg, which have ITV a ‘hold’ recommendation. According to Berenberg’s analysts, Britbox will likely struggle […]

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 […]

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