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BritBox UK launches with Channel 4 and distribution deals in place

Channel 4 has joined the BBC and ITV’s joint streaming service BritBox as it launches in the UK almost nine months after plans were first confirmed. The fledgling platform has struck a three-year deal with C4 for more than 1,000 hours of content from catch-up service All 4, including comedy, drama and non-scripted programmes, as […]

Britbox adds Amazon, Now TV execs to UK management team

BBC and ITV-backed streamer BritBox has unveiled its senior management team ahead of the UK-focused service’s launch later this year, with new additions including a former Amazon exec. 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. […]

Viacom’s Channel 5, Comedy Central join BritBox UK

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. […]

ITV’s Kevin Lygo admits risk-aversion in “brutal” industry

ITV’s director of television Kevin Lygo has admitted that the industry has become more “brutal than ever” on shows that do not immediately perform and admitted it is becoming tougher to take programming risks. Speaking on the first day of the Royal Television Society (RTS) event in Cambridge, Lygo told delegates that there “is a […]

BritBox president: “We didn’t consider advertising”

BritBox president Soumya Sriraman has brushed aside the possibility of an ad-supported model for the platform. “We didn’t consider advertising,” Sriraman 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 […]

BritBox adds ‘Brexitcast’ for North American audiences

BBC Studios and ITV-backed streamer BritBox has added a new BBC One show about the UK’s imminent exit from the European Union to its North American slate. Brexitcast, which will be available exclusively on BritBox, was inspired by the eponymous BBC podcast and features insights into the complicated world of Brexit from Westminster and Brussels. […]

TBI Weekly: Do producers have a “gun to their heads” over BritBox?

As international revenues for the UK’s TV production sector reach unprecedented levels, there is a battle brewing closer to home ahead of BritBox’s launch later this year, with trade body Pact claiming that producers have a “gun to their heads” over rights.   Major changes to BBC VOD platform iPlayer that see the 30-day catch-up window […]

Exclusive: ITV kickstarts internal trials of BritBox ahead of launch

ITV has begun beta-testing BritBox among staff ahead of its launch later this year. TBI understands that a briefing took place earlier this week around the UK-focused venture with the BBC, where the service was unveiled to select staff. All employees were invited to apply to trial the service, but only a select group of […]

Ofcom confirms BBC’s 12-month iPlayer window

UK media regulator Ofcom has confirmed its decision to allow the BBC to make shows available on iPlayer for 12 months rather than 30 days at present, adding that the changes could result in growth of up to 33% for the VOD service. Selected shows will also be available beyond the 12-month period, Ofcom said, […]

BritBox orders ‘The Bay’ and acquires ‘Death In Paradise’

North American streamer BritBox is looking to “significantly expand” its programming with a new original drama, live events and shows such as Death In Paradise (pictured) being added to the BBC Studios and ITV-backed service. Crime drama The Bay, starring Grantchester‘s Morven Christie and Ripper Street‘s Jonas Armstrong, is about the intertwined lives of families […]

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