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What Is BritBox? Price, Shows, Features And Downside Explained


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BritBox brings together a variety of movies, shows, documentaries, and lifestyle programming from the BBC and ITV, making it a very good option for those looking to pay for a subscription that unlocks access to more British content.

Here’s everything else you need to know before signing up to the British TV streaming service.

How much Is BritBox?

Following the latest price increase, a BritBox subscription now costs $8.99 a month. While the streaming service occasionally runs promotions, these typically only reduce the cost for the first couple of months. After which, the cost reverts back to the standard $8.99/month rate.

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  • $9/mo
  • British TV
  • Originals
  • Soaps

For those that do want to save on the cost over a longer period, BritBox offers an annual plan. Priced at $89.99 a year, the annual plan breaks down to around $7.49 a month on average, resulting in a saving of $1.49 a month or $17.89 over 12 months.

Is there a BritBox free trial?

Yes, BritBox offers a 7-day free trial to all new subscribers, making it possible to stream any and all of the content for free for the first week.

In addition to subscribing directly, it is also possible to subscribe to BritBox through various third-party providers including Amazon Prime Channels, Apple TV Channels and The Roku Channel. While subscribing through one of these providers won’t necessarily lower the cost, it can make it easier to manage the subscription and access content without having to download another app.

BritBox Shows, Originals And more

BritBox advertises itself as offering “the best British TV” and that’s somewhat true. A subscription unlocks access to a variety of classic and popular British TV shows, including dramas, mysteries, comedies and more.

Popular shows you can watch on BritBox right now:

  • Extras
  • Downton Abbey
  • Father Brown
  • The IT Crowd
  • Line of Duty
  • Lovejoy
  • Luther
  • Miranda
  • Mrs. Brown’s Boys
  • The Office
  • QI
  • Sherlock
  • Silent Witness
  • Utopia
  • Vera
  • The Vicar of Dibley

In addition to these classic British shows, BritBox is also home to a variety of Originals as well.

BritBox Originals include:

  • After the Flood
  • The Bay
  • The Cleaner
  • Crime
  • Hope Street
  • Grace
  • Karen Pirie
  • Murder Is Easy
  • Shetland
  • Time
  • The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe
  • The Tower

Classic Episodes Through To The Latest Season

Another benefit of a subscription is access to popular episodic dramas and soap operas. For example, new episodes of Casualty, Coronation Street, Eastenders and Emmerdale become available to stream shortly after airing on British TV.

Does BritBox Offer Live TV?

BritBox does offer a live TV experience but it is incredibly limited. Currently there’s only one channel available and this tends to play themed content which rotates over time.

At the time of writing, the live channel was continually playing Agatha Christie related content as part of an Agatha Christie marathon.

BritBox Supported Devices

BritBox is available to stream on a variety of platforms and devices, including the following streaming players, smart TVs and mobile devices.

  • Amazon Fire TV players, TVs
  • Android mobile, tablets
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Google TV
  • iPad, iPhone
  • Hisense smart TVs
  • LG smart TVs
  • Roku players, TVs
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • Vizio smart TVs
  • Web browsers
  • Xfinity Flex, X1
  • Xumo TV

It is worth noting that BritBox’s supported device list varies by country. Due to this, subscribers in some countries may find they have access to greater or fewer platforms and devices than what’s listed above.

In situations where a home finds they don’t have access to a supported device, it is always possible to access and watch content directly through the BritBox website.

How many devices can you stream BritBox on at the same time?

A single BritBox subscription can be used on up to five devices at the same time. However, the exact number depends on the region. For example, while subscribers in Canada and the United States can stream on up to five devices, subscribers in Australia can only stream on a maximum of four devices at the same time.

Additional BritBox Features

4K Streaming

BritBox content is available to watch in 4K, and at no additional cost. While a nice benefit, 4K support is only available on select platforms and devices. In the United States, for example, 4K support is only available on Roku players and Samsung smart TVs.

Downloading Videos

BritBox also offers the option to download videos to watch offline. Similar to 4K, the ability to download videos comes with some major restrictions. Most notably, downloads using the BritBox mobile app are currently limited to subscribers based in Australia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway.

The Downside Of BritBox

While content is the big selling point with BritBox, content is also the biggest downside as well. Although BritBox offers access to a good selection of British shows, we found the selection to be too limiting overall. Unless you are someone who wants continued access to a specific show, we suspect you will run out of content to watch and eventually find yourself using the app less and less the longer you are subscribed.

As an extension of this point, we also found the price to be a downside as well. Even though $8.99 a month isn’t crazy expensive when compared to the cost of many other services, the variety and frequency of new content makes BritBox feel like an expensive streaming subscription.

If $9 a month isn’t a huge cost to you then it may be worth maintaining a subscription. For most people, however, we feel the $9 could be better spent on other streaming services.

Is BritBox worth it?

The short answer is yes, BritBox is worth a subscription, and especially for those that love British TV. The slightly longer answer is that some homes may find they eventually run out of enough new content to justify continually paying for a monthly subscription. Due to this, BritBox is a service we recommend subscribing to on a monthly basis rather than yearly, and only paying when there is new content that interests you.

Even though an annual plan will save you some money over twelve months, having the option to opt out of the service for a few months at a time could potentially save you even more each year.

BritBox Review

John Finn


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