BritBox Launches in US With the Intent to "Surprise and Delight"


The service will feature US premieres and a "Now" section which offers episodes of British soaps and other programs 24 hours after they broadcast in the U.K. BritBox will also compile classic BBC and ITV series. "Blackadder" with Rowan Atkinson, the original version of "The Office" with Ricky Gervais, "Gavin & Stacey" with James Corden, and cult darling "Absolutely Fabulous" with Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, will also be available.

It's available through the web, AppleTV, iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile phones and tablets.

BritBox will also feature the USA premieres of mystery drama New Blood and the history-inspired miniseries Tutankhamun, and will also serve as the exclusive home for shows including Sharpe, Upstairs Downstairs (both the older and recent series), Brideshead Revisited, Bleak House, and Desperate Romantics.

Popular period dramas such as Brideshead Revisited, Pride and Prejudice, and Upstairs Downstairs also feature on the new service, while soap fans can keep up with their favorite characters' shenanigans in London-based EastEnders, or, if you fancy a trip up north, Yorkshire-based Emmerdale.

In total, there are over 2,000 of hours of programing available at launch.

Along with exclusives, BritBox will also having US premieres including New Blood from acclaimed writer Anthony Horowitz, and Tutankhamun from BAFTA award-winning writer Guy Burt.

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A TV streaming service aimed at US -based Anglophiles is now officially available.

A free trial is available for new users, before the $6.99 per month pricing kicks in.

In addition, BritBox also offers exclusive access to certain classic shows that include British comedies As Time Goes By and Are You Being Served? as well as detective dramas such as Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Inspector Morse. BBC Worldwide added that while the service will be US-only initially, it has an "ambition" to roll it out to other global markets in the future.

Worldwide and ITV have officially launched their British television SVOD service BritBox in the U.S.

RLJ Entertainment's Acorn TV, focused on British content, costs $4.99 per month and most recently had 430,000 subscribers.