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BritBox finally goes live as UK Netflix rival adds Channel 4 shows to its lineup

Mirror logo Mirror 07/11/2019 James Andrews
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UK streaming service BritBox has launched after months of anticipation about what the UK Netflix rival would include.

And it's great news, with a deal with Channel 4 and Film 4 struck to add the best of its back catalogue to the new streaming service.

The BBC and ITV announced plans for BritBox, which they hope will counter dominance of US giants like Netflix, earlier this year.

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ITV and BBC team up to launch Netflix rival BritBox and it's coming really soon

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You can sign up now to get 30-days free, the service costs £5.99 a month after that.

ITV box-sets available on BritBox include Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Only Fools and Horses, Gavin & Stacey as well as Miss Marple and Poirot. You can also binge on told series of Love Island.

BBC exclusives include first 7 series of The Great British Bake Off, Les Miserables and The Split on top of classic like The Office, Happy Valley and Doctor Foster. Oh, and all 627 available episodes of classic Doctor Who.

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Channel 4 is coming next year, with more than a thousand hours of programmes and films.

Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon said: "Channel 4 has always showcased distinctive and diverse British content and, in a world of almost unlimited choice, our public service brand values are more important than ever for viewers. 

"The opportunity to collaborate as public service broadcasters on BritBox extends our track record of partnership and will ensure there is a compelling single destination for the very best high-quality, home-grown content."As well as box sets of classic ITV and BBC shows, BritBox will commissioning original series made exclusively for the platform.

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ITV's Reemah Sakaan said: “BritBox is all about bringing together the best of British creativity and talent in a new digital world.

"Today’s launch and announcement of our partnership deals with Channel 4 and BT underline the quality and scale we want the service to embody.

"It’s wonderful to be bringing such a wealth of brilliant British TV and film to subscribers from today, and I’m looking forward to revealing our exciting, original commissions in the near future.”

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To help you watch more easily, BT is partnering with BritBox for customers and EE will be the exclusive mobile partner for BritBox.

Samsung will be the first TV to launch the BritBox app and together, with products available in time for Black Friday and Christmas.

Samsung's Guy Kinnell said: “BritBox provides a new way to access the best of British content exactly whenever they want which consumers can experience on Samsung before any other Smart TV platform.”

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