BritBox launches on Freesat
Freesat, the UK’s free to air satellite TV platform, has today announced another exciting addition to the varied portfolio of apps on its new 4K ready TV boxes, with the launch of digital video subscription service, BritBox UK.
Created by the BBC and ITV and featuring all the most talked about and award-winning British dramas, comedies, films and documentaries from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5; BritBox allows viewers to access all of their favourite British programmes in one place and ad free.
Highlights joining the service in September include the addition of the first twenty five films from the FilmFour collection, as well as a selection of thought-provoking crime documentaries alongside both series of Happy Valley. Reality fans can binge three more seasons of Made in Chelsea, while there is some classic sci-fi in the shape of Blake’s 7 and two big screen spin-offs from Doctor Who with Doctor Who and the Daleks and Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD, which are joining the existing ‘Out of this World’ collection.
Sitting alongside episodes of vintage favourite,The Avengers, there is also new drama to look forward to with thrilling World War Two saga,The Singapore Grip. All episodes will be made available to stream on BritBox after broadcast of the first episode on ITV.
And finally, the autumn will also include a special treat for fans of cutting-edge comedy with the return of one of the most iconic satirical shows ever produced. The new series of Spitting Image will be BritBox’s first original commission and promises some outrageous new celebrity puppets to provide a uniquely British take on current affairs.
Alistair Thom, CEO of Freesat commented, “2020 has been a huge year for Freesat with the release of our new set top boxes and the welcoming of new content partners to the platform. The launch of BritBox promises even greater programming choice and we cannot wait to bring its mix of the best of British TV to our customers as we’re sure that it will resonate significantly with them.
In these stressful times, Freesat is always focused on delivering the best and most engaging content for viewers. We know that they will really appreciate access to such a comprehensive
range of shows, as well as being able to embrace all the original commissions that BritBox has planned over the coming months.”
Tom Price, BritBox’s Director of Commercial and Financial Planning added; “We're delighted to be adding Freesat to the wide range of set top boxes, Smart TVs and streaming sticks supported by our service which now includes over 20 million devices in addition to web and mobile apps.
With content ranging from award-winning drama to classic comedy, hit reality and cult TV, BritBox will bring Freesat users the biggest box of British box sets this Autumn. Subscribers will also be able to enjoy the timely return of the most iconic political satire Spitting Image, available only on BritBox from October.”
BritBox is a digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV. The service brings the very best in past, present and future British programming and award-winning content to viewers all in one place for £5.99 per month in HD. British TV boxsets from All 4 are also available and British films from Film 4 will launch on the service in 2020. The service includes high quality factual and entertainment content from Channel 5 plus original British comedies from Comedy Central UK. BritBox features the biggest collection of British content available on any streaming service, and brand new commissions for British production companies specifically created for BritBox. BritBox also offers expert curation and playlists that will enable viewers to easily find programmes they know and discover new favourites via web, mobile, tablet, connected TVs and streaming devices including Fire TV, Apple TV & Chromecast. Content on BritBox can be downloaded and viewed offline where rights allow.