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BBC and ITV are teaming up to give us a new streaming service


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The BBC and ITV are teaming up to release their ‘Britbox’ streaming service in the UK.

Britbox currently has 500,000 subscribers but is only available in the United States and Canada. The BBC and ITV now want to launch the service here in the UK.

In 2008, a similar video on demand service called Kangaroo was blocked by the Competition Commission before it was launched. The streaming service was to set offer content from BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

Channel 4 and Channel 5 are also in talks to be included on the Britbox platform. Content on Britbox will be from the BBC and ITV archives as well as original programmes created specifically for the service.

If the five major UK broadcasters were to use the platform then it would provide one convenient place to watch British content, at a relatively low price.

The service will not affect how BBC iPlayer and the ITV Hub operate as content will go on to Britbox after they expire on the hubs.

The streaming service is expected to cost no more than £5 a month with ITV CEO Carolyn McCall guaranteeing ad-free viewing

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General says they are aiming to launch the service in the second half of 2019.

But would this be something you would add to your list of streaming services on top of Netflix and Amazon Prime?

Image credit: Britbox 

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