BritBox — a new streaming service from the BBC and ITV announced late last year — has officially launched in the US, as noted by Engadget. The service costs $6.99 per month, and claims to offer the “biggest streaming collection of British TV... ever” of shows from two major British broadcasters for American viewers.
While that may sound appealing to any British expats or American Anglophiles longing for easy access to their favorite shows, the actual selection is somewhat lacking, particularly when it comes to recent or popular shows. So you’re still out of luck if you’re hoping to watch Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Top Gear, or The Great British Bake Off (although some of those shows are available on other streaming services, albeit with more limited access to recently aired episodes).
On the other hand, British soap operas like EastEnders, Emmerdale, Holby City, and Casualty will be better represented, with new episodes getting uploaded to BritBox within a day of airing in the UK. And while newer shows aren’t well represented, there are some worthwhile options when it comes to classic British TV, including the original version of The Office, Miss Marple, Gavin & Stacey, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Absolutely Fabulous, Blackadder, and Red Dwarf.
BritBox is available now for a monthly subscription of $6.99 a month, and offers both Apple TV and Roku apps.