New streaming platform BritBox launches in Australia today with the best of British Drama, Comedy, Documentary & Lifestyle from the powerhouse libraries of BBC & ITV.
Following its launch in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom it will retail at $8.99 per month, $89.99 for a 12 month subscription, and with a 7 day free trial.
Amongst its vast library of premium scripted content are Vera, Prime Suspect, Shakespeare & Hathaway, Father Brown, Victoria, Doc Martin, Gunpowder, Broadchurch,Lewis, Mr Bean, Kingdom, The Vicar of Dibley, The Office, Luther, A Confession, Appropriate Adult, Absolutely Fabulous, Midsomer Murders, Blackadder plus Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Top Gear.
Moira Hogan, Country Manager (Australia) tells TV Tonight, there are also treat for Doctor Who fans and exclusive BritBox titles.
“We’re launching with every available episode of classic and new Doctor Who, stretching from 1963 right through to 2019. There’s over 700 pieces of content. We’re super excited to bring all 13 doctors to Australian streaming audiences. It feels like a really great enduring title that really demonstrates the power of great British content -a combination of classic and new titles that we can put together all in one place.
“We’re also launching with All Creatures Great and Small, the 2020 reboot which is a lovely, warm, cozy, character-driven drama. I remember growing up watching the original series and how lovely it was as a family to sit around watching that. We really hope that Aussie audiences react positively to All Creatures as they have in the UK.
“We’ve got our first Britbox Original, the very buzzy Spitting Image, another reboot, which we’ll be offering the last couple of episodes express overnight. So we’re very excited to be launching with those three tentpole titles. I feel like they give a really good flavour of what’s to come for Britbox.
“We do have some other territory premieres. The Mallorca Files has played out in the UK and in the US, but it’ll be a territory premiere. It’s in the same vein as Death in Paradise, a police procedural, bit of a fish out of water with 2 cops who are quite different, thrown together where mystery and a bit of fun ensues,” said Hogan.
BritBox will offer HD where available and closed captioning for 60% of titles, with a plan to increase to 100%.
Hogan also does not rule out co-commissions in the future.
“We are focussed on the best of British creativity, but in the future there could be opportunities with commissions and co-productions,” she added,
BritBox is available via web, iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets, Chromecast, Apple TV (4th gen and newer), Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, Telstra TV, and Fetch.