A new SVOD service is in the works for launch in the U.S. early in 2017 that will open the doors to a massive library of British programming for American viewers. BBC Worldwide and ITV, the U.K.’s largest commercial broadcaster, are joining forces to create BritBox, an ad-free subscription service due to roll out in the first quarter.
The service will feature the U.S. premieres of new dramas “New Blood” and “In the Dark,” historical dramas “Tutankhamun” and “The Moonstone,” and season premieres of the popular dramas “Cold Feet” and “Silent Witness.”
The multi-tiered service will include a “Now” category that will enable viewers to watch episodes of U.K. soaps such as “Eastenders,” “Emmerdale” and “Holby City” as soon as 24 hours after their U.K. broadcast.
A British classics collection from the extensive ITV and BBC archives will revive iconic titles such as “Brideshead Revisited,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Upstairs Downstairs,” the political thriller “State of Play,” murder mystery series “Inspector Morse” and “Rosemary and Thyme,” and popular sitcoms “Keeping Up Appearances” and “Fawlty Towers,” among many others.
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