The BBC and ITV, the UK's largest commercial broadcaster, have teamed up to launch a streaming service in the U.S.
(CCM) — U.S. television viewers will soon be able to gorge themselves on high quality content from the BBC and ITV — Britain's two largest broadcasting organizations — on a new streaming service called BritBox, according to a TechTimes report. The service will offer thousands of hours of new and classic programming, sometimes immediately following its first airing in the U.K. Previously, U.K content has mainly been restricted to PBS stations and BBC America. "The BBC and ITV are the two most prolific content producers and broadcasters in British television — both known for their unrivaled, ground-breaking shows," said Ann Sarnoff, BBC Worldwide North America's president, quoted in the report. "BritBox will offer thousands of hours of programs across a wide variety of genres."
The service will offer period dramas such as Brideshead Revisited, Pride and Prejudice, and Upstairs Downstairs, as well as iconic comedy series, like Fawlty Towers and Keeping Up Appearances. It will also broadcast popular soaps, such as EastEnders, Emmerdale, and Holby City shortly after they are broadcast in the U.K. Pricing is expected to be about $10 per month, and the service will be available for streaming over the internet to web browsers, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and iOS or Android devices.
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