ITV and BBC to launch £6/mth streaming service
ITV and the BBC have announced that their new 'BritBox' streaming service will be launched later this year, costing £5.99 a month.
BritBox will be controlled by ITV, with the BBC also holding a stake in the service. It will show current and classic programmes from the two broadcasters, as well as commissioning original content.
For £5.99 a month, you'll get HD streaming of BritBox content, and you'll be able to stream across unlimited screens and devices. ITV wouldn't confirm whether the subscription will be a fixed or rolling contract, but says full terms and conditions will be available when the service goes live.
It will be launched from "the fourth quarter of this year" – and while ITV wouldn't give a more specific date, a spokesperson said it would be key for BritBox to be available before Christmas.
Currently you need a TV licence to watch BBC iPlayer, whether you're watching catch-up TV or live shows online, but ITV says you won't need a licence to have a BritBox subscription.
For more information see our Do I need a TV licence? guide.
What will you be able to watch on BritBox?
ITV and the BBC say BritBox will provide content from multiple genres, including dramas, comedies and documentaries. Content will include:
- Programmes recently shown on ITV and the BBC, such as Love Island and Gentleman Jack.
- Programmes from ITV and BBC archives, such as Gavin and Stacey, Broadchurch and The Office.
The broadcasters say these shows will be available on BritBox from its launch, or will be brought on to the service once licences with other streaming services end.
- Original content. The broadcasters will be commissioning new content from British production companies, and say the first new show will be available on BritBox from 2020.