do we need a British streaming service when many of the shows are already available on Netflix or Amazon? This isn’t even considering the fact that
newer shows won’t appear on BritBox until BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub take them down (which can take a year).
Still, it’s difficult not to be impressed by the massive selection that BritBox
Not bad, but not all that appealing either.
the same price as the cheapest Netflix subscription, although Netflix has a slew
of original shows. Amazon Prime Video, which has few original shows in
comparison, is more expensive at £7.99 a month – but its selection is much
wider than that of both Netflix and BritBox.
more ambitious is Apple TV+, which launched last week, with a £4.99 monthly
subscription and a fervent drive toward all-original content –
immediately kicking off with Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve
Carell in The Morning Show. BritBox has no such appeal, even to British audiences.
Apple TV+ is the cheapest option at only £4.99 a month
Disney's new streaming service Disney+, yet to be released in the UK, is predicted to cost £6.99 a month. This service will house every show and movie Disney has made since the 30s and will produce original content, including the much-anticipated Star Wars prequel series The Mandalorian.
has a massive back catalogue of British TV, including the entire collection of 600 classic Doctor Who episodes from 1963 (dropping on Boxing Day). Other oldies include the 1991 ITV Helen
Mirren detective series Prime Suspect, the 1979 BBC adaptation of John le
Carré’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and the classic John Cleese comedy Fawlty
Towers from 1973.
additions include the acclaimed adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall,
the tragic whodunnit Broadchurch, and the 80s-inspired detective fantasy
Ashes to Ashes.
also has original programming in the works, including the Australian show Lambs
of God. This
is a weird, bloody drama involving an island-based convent with twisted
rituals. Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) stars alongside The End of the F***ing World’s Jessica Barden.
4 and Film4 have joined in on the action, and over 1,000 of their shows and
movies will arrive on BritBox by spring 2020. ITV has also made a big deal
with mobile company EE, to make BritBox available to millions of mobile phone
users. BritBox has also stated an aim of six original programmes per year.
unlikely that BritBox will topple the giants; Netflix has nothing to worry
about. However, there will be probable demand for classic British TV that the
major streamers can’t provide, or that’s not available on the channels’ own streaming
services. But is that preferable to the new, challenging, immersive choice coming to Netflix and Amazon and Apple TV+ and Disney+?
In a time when we'll have to be more selective, BritBox might not make the cut.
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