Press Releases — BBC Worldwide Americas

December 14, 2017

BBC Worldwide and ITV SVOD Service BritBox to Launch in Canada Early 2018

Service Will Feature Canadian Premieres of Compelling New Dramas Including

Idris Elba’s ‘Five by Five,’ Jeff Pope’s ‘The Moorside,’ and Jimmy McGovern’s ‘Reg,’

 SVOD Drama & Comedy Premieres ‘Maigret,’ ‘Broken,’

‘Rev,’ ‘Mum,’ and ‘Inside No. 9,’

as Well as Season Premieres of Drama Favorites ‘Cold Feet’ and ‘Silent Witness’

 Special ‘Now’ Category of Service to Offer Current Affairs Series

‘The Papers’ and ‘PMQ,’ along with Panel Show ‘QI,’ and

Top UK Soaps ‘Casualty,’ ‘Emmerdale,’ and ‘Holby City’

as Soon as 24 Hours After UK Broadcast

 

New York/London – Tuesday, December 14, 2017 –  BritBox, the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) streaming service from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster, will launch in Canada in early 2018. The service initially launched in the U.S. in March of this year.

This unique streaming service will celebrate the very best of British TV, and offer the most comprehensive collection of British content in the market today. For decades, BBC and ITV have produced iconic British television series, and now Canadians will be able to access these programs in a single, curated service allowing fans to find the classic shows they love and discover new hit series.

The BritBox proposition will feature:

  • An array of drama premieres never-before-seen in Canada, including Five by Five, produced by and starring Golden Globe®winner and Oscar® nominee Idris Elba (Luther), and the critically acclaimed series The Moorside, starring Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones) and Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abby), and Reg, Jimmy McGovern’s International Emmy® nominated and RTS winning drama starring Tim Roth (Twin Peaks) and Anna Maxwell Martin (Philomena).
  • For the first time on SVOD in Canada, several dramas such as Maigret, starring BAFTA winner Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), the critically acclaimed series Broken, starring International Emmy Award winner Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings), along with comedies including Revstarring BAFTA winner Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Golden Globe winner Oliva Coleman (The Night Manager), and Inside No. 9, starring BAFTA winner Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders) and BAFTA nominee Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), as well as the season premiere of drama favorite Cold Feet, and the longest running procedural drama, Silent Witness.

 

  • The ‘Now’ category, which will have an amazing selection of dramas, news programs, and soaps that will be available as soon as 24 hours after their UK broadcast, including Silent Witness, The Papers, PMQ (Prime Minister Questions), and much-loved titles Emmerdale, Holby City, and Casualty. 

 

  • A British classics collection from ITV and the BBC, including iconic period dramas Brideshead RevisitedPride and Prejudice, and Upstairs Downstairs; political thriller State of Play; murder mystery series Inspector Morse and Rosemary and Thyme; favorite sitcoms Keeping Up Appearances and Fawlty Towers; and much more.

 

BritBox will be available on responsive web, mobile (iOS and Android), Roku, AppleTV, and Chromecast at launch in Canada. There is also ambition to roll out the service in other international markets.

“It has been incredible to see the response to BritBox in the U.S. since its launch earlier this year. Soon Canadians will have the opportunity to access the largest streaming collection of British television available. With select shows offered as soon as 24 hours after their UK broadcast, Canadian subscribers will be among the first outside the UK to have access to these programs,” said Soumya Sriraman, President, BritBox.

Full details of the BritBox service, including additional titles and price, will be released at launch. Fans can submit their contact information at www.BritBox.com to receive further details about the service when it becomes available.

 

Press Contacts:

BBC Worldwide Americas                           ITV                                 

Deborah Schonfeld                                       Laura Wootton

212.705.9498                                                  +44 20 715 73056

Deborah.Schonfeld@bbc.com                    Laura.Wootton@itv.com

 

Christine Black                                               Mike Large

212.705.9435                                                 +44 20 715 73021

Christine.Black@bbc.com                            Mike.Large@itv.com

 

About BritBox

BritBox is a digital video subscription service offering the largest collection of British TV in the U.S. Created by two British content powerhouses – BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster – the service features iconic favorites, exclusive premieres, and current series and soaps available a day after they air in the UK.  BritBox also offers expert curation and playlists that enable fans to easily find programs they know and discover new favorites on web, mobile, tablet and connected TV’s.  AMC Networks is an investor in BritBox.