BBC’s new BritBox streaming service launches in Australia
Over the weekend, a new streaming service quietly launched in Australia: BritBox. A joint venture between UK television giants BBC and ITV, BritBox brings a range of both classic and modern British series, not to mention a handful of original programming.
Despite a slow start in the US and Canada, BritBox experienced massive growth during the coronavirus pandemic, with a reported 1.5 million North American subscribers reported in October. Given we’re (hopefully) at the tail end of lockdowns and border closures in Oz, it will be interesting to see if the BBC and ITV’s $35 million investment in the Australian iteration will pay off.
BritBox Australia price
At launch, BritBox is priced at $8.99 per month, or a slightly cheaper $89.99 per year, which happens to be the same pricing structure as Disney Plus. For comparison’s sake, Netflix starts at $10.99, while Stan and Binge will both set you back $10 per month. So far it seems pretty reasonable, but there’s no word yet on just how many titles BritBox Australia has on offer. Of course, there is a seven-day free trial for those not ready to commit without checking out what’s on offer first.
BritBox Australia content
As you can probably guess from the name of the streaming service, all the programs on BritBox are – surprise, surprise – British. Basically, if it’s ever been on the BBC or ITV, you’ll probably find it here. (And yes, that includes all 26 seasons of Doctor Who.)
If you’re all about those devious small-town English murder mysteries, you’re positively spoilt for choice – Luther, Midsomer Murders, Broadchurch and A Touch of Frost will more than satisfy that crime drama itch.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a UK-centric streaming service without a boatload of dry, sarcastic British comedies. Think Mr. Bean, Fawlty Towers, The Office (UK), Blackadder and the weird and wonderful Mighty Boosh.
It should also come as no surprise that you’ll find a decent chunk of David Attenborough’s doco catalogue on BritBox, including Planet Earth and Blue Planet.
How to stream
Like most streaming services currently available, you can stream BritBox via their iOS and Android apps, through Apple TV, Chromecast, Telstra TV and Fetch, or from your compatible Samsung or LG smart TV.