The BBC and ITV have confirmed the UK version of their streaming service BritBox. The networks are in final talks for their partnership to give audiences a new way to view entertainment. The talks are to work out a formal legal agreement, and reportedly plan to add other partners.
BritBox is an original streaming service bringing a collection of “British boxsets and original series, on demand, all in one place.” This would be the largest collection of British content on any streaming service, so Anglophiles are going to be happy about this one. There will be new content created for the streaming service as well.
Carolyn McCall, CEO of ITV, commented on the news: “I am really pleased that ITV and the BBC are at the concluding stage of discussions to launch a new streaming service.
“BritBox will be the home for the best of British creativity – celebrating the best of the past, the best of today and investing in new British originated content in the future.”
BBC Director-General, Tony Hall, said: “I am delighted that the BBC and ITV are working together on something truly special – BritBox. A new streaming service delivering the best home-grown content to the public who love it best. The service will have everything from old favourites to recent shows and brand new commissions. It’s an exciting time for the viewing public.”
BritBox has been in North America already and the site reports that the company is pleased with the success of the service, which already has over half a million subscribers. The UK version of BritBox is set to launch in the second half of 2019, though there is no information on pricing. There will be more info at BritBox.co.uk.