Press Releases — BBC Worldwide North America

April 4, 2017

BritBox Becomes Exclusive U.S. Streaming Home to Classic Doctor Who Catalogue

Featuring the Most Comprehensive Collection of Classic Doctor Who Ever Available in One Spot, Curated Playlists, and Content Added Monthly, BritBox is Now the Ultimate Viewing Destination for Fans of Classic Doctor Who

 

Audio of “Lost” Classic Doctor Who Episodes Coming to BritBox Soon

 

New York – April 4, 2017 – Whovians, rejoice! BritBox, the new digital streaming service launched earlier this month by BBC Worldwide and ITV – which gives fans access to the most comprehensive collection of British programming – today releases the largest digital catalogue of Classic Doctor Who available in the U.S.  As the only subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) home to the classic era of this iconic franchise, BritBox will provide users with the ability to relive the expansive story arcs and incredible journeys of the Classic Doctors through space and time. Classic Doctor Who represents episodes that aired from 1963 – 1989.

In addition to housing these classic episodes, BritBox also offers several entry points into the world of Classic Doctor Who to provide every type of fan – regardless of their knowledge of the Whoniverse – with an opportunity to enjoy the expansive archive. The catalogue is chronologically organized by Doctor, allowing fans to find their favorite moments starting from the very beginning, or discover new ones. BritBox will also feature specially curated Classic Doctor Who playlists like “Monsters” and “Companions,” so viewers can take a trip back in time to witness the Doctor’s most epic battles through the years against classic foes like Daleks, Cybermen, and Autons.

As part of their effort to offer fans the ultimate Classic Doctor Who experience, BritBox will also soon feature audio of the “lost” Classic Doctor Who episodes, which have not been seen for decades.

Doctor Who continues to be a global phenomenon that spans generations. Whovians in the U.S. now have a one-stop-shop for the most comprehensive catalog of Classic Doctor Who to either relive the exciting adventures with their favorite Classic Doctors, or experience for the first time how it all began,”  said Soumya Sriraman, President, BritBox.  “Now is the perfect time to catch-up on the Classic series, as BBC AMERICA heads towards the season premiere of new Doctor Who on Saturday, April 15 @ 9:00pm ET/PT.”

BBC AMERICA co-produces new Doctor Who and is the U.S. home for all new seasons of the award-winning series.

From watching the First Doctor (William Hartnell) play deadly games with the Celestial Toymaker, to seeing the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) defeat the evil Sontarans, and much, much more, Whovians can immerse themselves in the beloved storylines of early Doctors traveling through time and space to conquer villains and connect with new companions.

At $6.99 per month, BritBox is a service truly fit for a queen. Launched earlier this month, it is the largest subscription video-on-demand streaming service, with the most comprehensive collection of British television across all genres available anywhere in the U.S. Featuring beloved series like Emmerdale and timeless comedies like Blackadder, BritBox houses thousands of hours of programming the majority exclusive – with many new shows added weekly.

 

Press Contacts:

BBC Worldwide North America            ITV                                            

Deborah Schonfeld                                  Laura Wootton

212.705.9498                                           +44 20 715 73056

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

About BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).  Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world.  This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values.  The business also champions British creativity globally. In 2015/16 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £133.8m and headline sales of £1,029.4m and returned £222.2m to the BBC.

For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review webpage: bbcworldwide.com/annual-review/.

About ITV

ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster and the largest commercial television network in the UK. It is the home of popular television from the biggest entertainment events, to original drama, major sport, landmark factual series and independent news. It operates a family of channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV, which are broadcast free-to-air, as well as the pay channel ITV Encore. ITV is also focused on delivering its programming via the ITV Hub, mobile devices, video on demand and third party platforms. ITV Studios is a global production business, creating and selling programmes and formats from offices in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, the Nordics and the Netherlands. It is the largest and most successful commercial production company in the UK, the largest independent non-scripted indie in the US and ITV Studios Global Entertainment is a leading international distribution businesses.