BritBox


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 […]

ITV, BBC unveil UK-focused BritBox’s line-up and price point

  ITV and the BBC have revealed the look of their forthcoming UK-focused streaming service BritBox and priced the offering on par with the cheapest Netflix subscription. Iconic British shows such as BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey and ITV drama Broadchurch (pictured) will be offered for a monthly subscription of £5.99 ($7.50), along with reality […]

BBC Studios plans investment amid ‘hyper-competition’

BBC Studios (BBCS) is to invest further in UK production companies amid “hyper-competition” in the market, having revealed its contribution to its public broadcaster parent hit almost £250 million ($316 million) over the past year. In its annual review released today, BBCS said it had returned £243 million (US$300 million) to the BBC over the […]

TBI Weekly: Making sense of the tug of war for BritBox (Column)

The reported friction between the BBC and ITV over windowing shows for their joint SVOD service BritBox UK, set to launch later this year, is a scenario everyone in UK television could have seen coming, argues Stephen Arnell.  There has always been an inherent tension between the BBC and ITV’s ambitions for their own FVOD […]

BritBox UK talks snag amid different agendas for BBC, ITV

The future of BritBox UK could be in question as the BBC and ITV look to work their way out of a reported deadlock in discussions. The planned UK service, which is to provide British content alongside new BritBox originals commissioned from UK production companies, has hit a roadblock due to stalled talks between the […]

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