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BritBox Australia: Everything you need to know
One for the anglophiles.
In late 2020, a subscription 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 it arrived 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.
Here's everything you need to know about the streaming service that brings the best of UK TV to Aussies.
BritBox Australia cost
BritBox is priced at $8.99 per month, or a slightly cheaper $89.99 per year, which puts it slightly under more mainstream streamers like Disney Plus. For comparison's sake, Netflix starts at $6.99, while Stan and Binge will both set you back $10 per month.
All told, the price of BritBox is pretty reasonable and there is a seven-day free trial for those not ready to commit without checking out what's on offer first.
Britbox free trial
Netflix and Disney Plus might've done away with their free trials, but BritBox still offers a seven-day trial period for new users. You'll get full access to the library and will only be charged if you decide to stay subscribed and stick with the service.
Looking for something new to stream tonight? These services offer free trials so you won’t pay a cent unless you decide to keep subscribed once your trial’s up.
- Apple TV+ 7-day free trial: Stream Severance, CODA and more award-winning TV shows and movies
- Hayu 7-day free trial: Reality TV lovers can load up on the drama with hayu's dedicated streaming service
- Prime Video 30-day trial: Award-winning originals and shopping perks
- Foxtel Now 10-day trial: Wide range of live and on-demand content, including TV shows, movies and sports events
- Binge 7-day free trial: Foxtel's streaming service offering some of HBO's most popular series
BritBox vs Netflix vs Stan vs the rest
With Australia's streaming service playing field becoming increasingly crowded, it's worth considering which ones are actually worth that monthly fee. Here's how it stacks up against the competition.
|4K streaming3 streamsDeal: 30-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Binge Standard planHD streaming2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$18/mth||Go to site|
|Apple TV+ plan4K streaming6 streams (Family Sharing)Deal: 7-day free trial||$12.99/mth||Go to site|
|Disney+ plan4K streaming3 streamsDeal: $139.99 for 12mths||$13.99/mth||Go to site|
|Netflix Standard + AdsHD streaming2 streams||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Stan Basic planSD streaming1 stream||$10/mth||Read more|
|Kayo One PlanHD streaming 1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$25/mth||Go to site|
|Foxtel Now EssentialsHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channelsDeal: 10-day free trial||$25/mth||Go to site|
|Shudder planHD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$6.99/mth||Read more|
|Hayu PlanHD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$6.99/mth||Go to site|
|Paramount+ planHD streaming2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$9.99/mth||Go to site|
|Britbox planHD streaming5 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$8.99/mth||Go to site|
|Netflix BasicSD streaming1 stream||$10.99/mth||Read more|
|Netflix StandardHD streaming2 streams||$16.99/mth||Read more|
|Netflix Premium4K streaming4 streams||$22.99/mth||Read more|
|Binge Basic + Ads planSD streaming1 streamDeal: 7-day free trial||$10/mth||Go to site|
|Binge Premium planHD streaming4 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$22/mth||Go to site|
|Kayo Basic PlanHD streaming 2 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$30/mth||Go to site|
|Kayo Premium PlanHD streaming 3 streamsDeal: 7-day free trial||$35/mth||Go to site|
|Stan Standard planHD streaming3 streams||$16/mth||Read more|
|Stan Premium plan4K streaming4 streams||$21/mth||Read more|
|Stan Sport add-onHD or 4K streaming||$15/mth add-onMin. cost $25/mth (Stan Sport + Basic)||Read more|
|Essentials + Movies planHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channels + Movies on-demandDeal: 10-day free trial||$45/mth||Go to site|
|Foxtel Now All Packs planHD streaming2 streamsAccess to over 30 channels + Movies on-demand + Live sports + Drama Extra, Kids and DocosDeal: 10-day free trial||$59/mth* *First 12mths. Then $104/mth||Go to site|
What shows are on BritBox Australia?
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. Still, the library is quite limited, with just over 200 TV shows and movies available to stream according to JustWatch.
BritBox's library is split into five genres: Drama, Crime Drama, Comedy, Documentary and Lifestyle. In the Drama department, you'll find Poldark, Call the Midwife, A Spy Among Friends and The Fall. 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, The Office (UK), and the weird and wonderful Blackadder. And it should also come as no surprise that you'll find a decent chunk of David Attenborough's doco catalogue on BritBox, including Rise of the Animals and Tasmania.
Finally, there's a bundle of wholesome cooking, gardening, travel and other lifestyle shows, starring the likes of Nigella Lawson, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Rick Stein, Joanna Lumley and more.
At launch, there was only one BritBox original program (a satirical puppet show called Spitting Image), however the platform ratcheted up its efforts in recent years with streaming originals like The Beast Must Die, The Dry, The Long Call, Redemption, Grace and Hope Street.
Given its lower-than-average monthly price, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that you won't find any 4K content on BritBox. Well, not yet at least. The best you can get is 1080p (HD), but many older programs are only available in standard definition.
How to stream BritBox
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.
Unlike other streaming services, however, BritBox has a generous limit of five simultaneous streams, which is more than every other platform (including premium pricing tiers). Unfortunately, there's currently no option for offline downloads unless you're subscribed through Apple TV channels.
BritBox's suggested minimum speeds for streaming differ on a couple of factors - namely, what device you're watching on and the stream quality. If you're watching on a Smart TV, streaming device like Apple TV, or via a web browser, you'll need at least 3Mbps down. For those streaming on the iOS or Android app, 1.5Mbps should suffice.
For those wanting to stream HD content, you'll need a download speed of about 6.5Mbps. BritBox's support hub also notes that these rates may vary based on overall internet usage, so if you're in a larger household or live with gamers or other data gluttons, it might be worth investing in an NBN 100 plan.
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Britbox on Amazon Prime Channels
Britbox is available through Amazon Prime Channels for the standard price of $8.99 per month with a 7-day free trial.
Prime Video Channels are an optional add-on for Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service, which is included as standard within the company's Prime Membership. These channels allow you to bundle additional content from other streaming services into your Amazon Prime Video subscription.
Doing so won’t necessarily save you any extra money on top of the usual cost of Prime, but it will allow you to access more content within a single app rather than having to juggle multiple accounts across several subscription services.