Big news for Anglophiles: two major UK broadcasters are quietly bringing a streaming service to America that’s sure to grab some attention.
BBC Worldwide is pairing with ITV and AMC Networks for the launch a new streaming service called “BritBox,” which brings some of the best British programming to audiences in America.
The video on demand service will have the largest library of British television anywhere, and all of it will be streamed ad free with a subscription.
Classic BBC dramas and sitcoms like State of Play, Pride and Prejudice, Fawlty Towers, and Keeping up Appearances will be available, as will current shows. Some of the most popular soap operas like EastEnders and Emmerdale will be available a day after they air in the UK.
Details like a price haven’t been announced yet, but the service is expected to be available some time in early 2017. For now, customers can sign up on the BritBox web site to receive notices about upcoming information. At launch, BritBox will be available online, through mobile devices, iOS and Android apps, Roku, AppleTV and Chromecast.
BBC America has long been the home for much of this programming in the USA, so it’ll be interesting to see if any changes are made in that network when this service comes out.