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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 […]

BritBox doubles subscriber numbers

BritBox, the North American subscription video-on-demand service from BBC Studios and ITV, has doubled its user numbers year-on-year to reach half a million subscribers. BritBox launched in the US in March 2017 and in Canada in February 2018 and claims to host the largest collection of British streaming content in both countries. The service has […]

ITV hires Britbox exec to head up SVOD efforts 

ITV has hired Britbox executive Reemah Sakaan to push new SVOD plans for the company in the UK.  ITV CEO Carolyn McCall revealed the plans during the company’s Capital Markets Day in London earlier this week Sakaan, who was previously SVP of creative and editorial for Britbox -a joint venture between the BBC, AMC and ITV – in the US and Canada, will […]

BBC, C4, ITV in plan to combat Netflix with new streaming service

The BBC, Channel 4 (C4) and ITV have held discussions to join forces and create a streaming service that combats US giants Netflix and Amazon, according to reports. The Guardian reported that the trio are currently in early-stage talks to launch the service, which may also involve US TV and film group NBC Universal. Potential […]

Britbox to live-stream royal wedding in US

BritBox, the BBC Studios/ITV SVOD platform that targets North America, has announced plans to showcase the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle. The wedding special on May 19 will allow US viewers to watch ITV’s broadcast of the wedding celebration live. Anchored from a specially constructed studio on the Long Walk […]

BritBox squares up to rivals with Bletchley Circle original drama

Best-of-British SVOD service BritBox has commissioned its first original drama, a spin-off of ITV drama The Bletchley Circle. The US service has pooled together with UK broadcaster ITV, which is one of its investors, on The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco. This marks BritBox out as the latest SVOD player to get in on the original […]

Britbox launches on Amazon Channels in the US

BBC Worldwide and ITV’s US subscription video-on-demand service, Britbox, is now available via Amazon’s Channels service. Amazon Prime members in the US can subscribe to BritBox for US$6.99 per month to gain access to the service’s line-up of British TV programmes. “The initial rollout of BritBox earlier this year was met with a great response […]

BritBox names BBCWW exec as president

BritBox, the forthcoming US subscription VOD service from BBC Worldwide and ITV, has appointed Soumya Sriraman as president, North America. Sriraman, who was most recently executive vice-president of franchise and digital enterprises at BBC Worldwide North America, takes up her new role effective immediately. She will be responsible for the overall strategy and operation of BritBox, […]