Well, days after the completion of issue #96 comes the announcement that EASTENDERS IS COMING BACK through a new subscription video-on-demand service to launch in the first quarter of 2017 called ‘BRITBOX’ backed by BBC Worldwide and ITV, Britain’s two leading television producers.
There are still many unanswered questions, like pricing, exactly when, so stay tuned…. And let’s not forget the BBC twice before promised similar services in 2002 and the iPlayer in 2011, but neither materialized.
Ad-free BritBox will be available on responsive web, mobile (iOS and Android), Roku, AppleTV, and Chromecast at launch in the U.S. Pricing for the service will be available at launch.
“This unique streaming service will celebrate the very best of British TV, and offer the most comprehensive SVOD collection of British content in the market today,” the press release stated. “For decades, BBC and ITV have produced iconic British television series, and for the first time these shows will be combined in a single, curated service allowing fans to find the classic shows they love and discover new hit series.”
Programming will include:
• An amazing selection of soaps and series that will be available as soon as 24 hours after their UK broadcast, including much-loved titles EastEnders, Emmerdale and Holby City.
• A British classics collection from ITV and the BBC, featuring iconic period dramas Brideshead Revisited, Pride 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.
• An array of drama premieres never-before-seen in the U.S., including New Blood, from acclaimed novelist Anthony Horowitz, Tutankhamun, The Moonstone, and In The Dark, from BAFTA award-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst (Ordinary Lies). Also, season premieres of drama favorites Cold Feet and Silent Witness.
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.
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