"BBC and ITV are known for a vast array of diverse and award-winning programming that fans in the USA love and want to watch", BritBox president Soumya Sriraman said in a statement. "Blackadder" with Rowan Atkinson, the original version of "The Office" with Ricky Gervais, "Gavin & Stacey" with James Corden, and cult darling "Absolutely Fabulous" with Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, will also be available. The User Friendly service features US premieres of highly sought-after British shows and a "Now" category that serves up British soaps and other programs as soon as 24-hours after United Kingdom broadcast.
The service will be available on responsive web, AppleTV, iPhone, iPad and Android mobile phones and tablets, with Roku and Chromecast following shortly after launch.
This list of US subscription video on demand premieres includes comedy/drama "Cold Feet;" buddy cop procedural "New Blood, ;" crime procedural "Silent Witness;" "Tutankhamun", about the discovery of King Tut's tomb; and detective series "The Moonstone".
BritBox is starting off with a library with "thousands" of hours or programming, with most exclusive to the service.
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BritBox will also feature the US premieres of mystery drama New Blood and the history-inspired miniseries Tutankhamun, and will also serve as the exclusive home for shows including Sharpe, Upstairs Downstairs (both the older and recent series), Brideshead Revisited, Bleak House, and Desperate Romantics.
And it's not just soaps, the channel giants will air everything from the best of British drama such as: New Blood, Tutankhamun, The Moonstone, In The Dark, Cold Feet, and Silent Witness.
The service offers access to shows from both the BBC and the largest commercial broadcast network, ITV.
The service carries a price tag of $6.99 a month, with a 7-day free trial to get started. BBC Worldwide added that while the service will be US-only initially, it has an "ambition" to roll it out to other global markets in the future. Fans of British TV would do well to compare its content with streaming service Acorn TV, which, for a slightly more competitive $5 a month, also offers a range of Brit-made shows.