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Was just chatting about Britbox at work, and I went over to the website to have a look, and apparently it has launched already?

I don't know when that happened. I had a look around and apparently this is the 'Beta' version, so has limited functionality, but it works on my work computer and my Amazon Kindle Fire  tablet.

Britbox is a new commercial streaming service, a joint venture between ITV and the BBC, which curates content from the two  broadcasters, as well as Channel 5 and Comedy Central, with Channel 4 in talks to join in as well.

It costs £5.99 a month, and you can currently get a 30 day free trial.

According to this article: https://www.cordbusters.co.uk/britbox-uk-review/ they currently have 236 titles listed, but that might have gone up in the last few days, and doesn't include the classic films they have.

there's a mix of classic and modern stuff, from Only Fools, Ab Fab, Victoria Wood, Harry Enfield, to things like Spooks, Inside No 9, Asian Provocateur, Hustle, etc.

It's probably not worth a rolling subscription right now, but I've been wanting to watch Spooks for ages, so I might try and knock it out during the 30-free days.

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Ultimately feel like this might be doomed to fail, unless they do away with iPlayer and incorporate an all-in-one service that also absorbs All4 and ITV player. 

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It doesn't really feel worth it unless this is preempting them taking a load of the boxed sets off iplayer, between that and UK Gold most of this is covered. Unless they repeat This Morning with Richard Not Judy but that's not going to happen. :(

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Not worth it when you have so many other streaming services out there.

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If this was around 20 quid for the year, I could see plenty giving it a go. £6 a month sounds a lot when you look at what you're getting.

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Most of the streaming services aren't worth it. I'm not liking the premipremium models at the moment, I think it's what sets Netflix apart from Amazon, Apple Plus etc, everything is included in the price, I don't have to wade through things that make me go "oooh I wanted to watch that" to find out I have to pay an additional £4.99 to rent it.

Also, Apple Plus is free for a year, but has about ten things on it on my Apple TV. F streaming services, Britbox has gotta be the worst one? So much of this stuff has either been available on free services or other paid for services for years now. I'd only buy in if Anna In Wonderland goes on there, I've been desperate to watch the episode about Vampires in Wellingborough forever.

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4 minutes ago, Tigerstyle said:

Most of the streaming services aren't worth it. I'm not liking the premipremium models at the moment, I think it's what sets Netflix apart from Amazon, Apple Plus etc, everything is included in the price, I don't have to wade through things that make me go "oooh I wanted to watch that" to find out I have to pay an additional £4.99 to rent it.

Also, Apple Plus is free for a year, but has about ten things on it on my Apple TV. F streaming services, Britbox has gotta be the worst one? So much of this stuff has either been available on free services or other paid for services for years now. I'd only buy in if Anna In Wonderland goes on there, I've been desperate to watch the episode about Vampires in Wellingborough forever.

Prime's worth it purely for the next day delivery stuff.

Mubi is the best streaming service out there. £6 a month and you get 4 free cinema tickets as well. 

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18 minutes ago, Jimmy said:

Prime's worth it purely for the next day delivery stuff.

Mubi is the best streaming service out there. £6 a month and you get 4 free cinema tickets as well. 

I don't actually pay for Prime as my brother does and he gifted me an account, BUT, I didn't know it was automatically included, which yes, I guess if you're an Amazon shopper (and what monster isn't) it's probably worth it

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If it had old content that was really hard to find on DVD, I'd be giving this a close look. Obviously, uploading the entire BBC archive, which is what some people want, would take a ridiculous amount of time, but I'm looking for obscure content most of all.

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32 minutes ago, Bobfoc said:

If it had old content that was really hard to find on DVD, I'd be giving this a close look. Obviously, uploading the entire BBC archive, which is what some people want, would take a ridiculous amount of time, but I'm looking for obscure content most of all.

Christ, imagine being able to watch EastEnders from the start. My mum would be in heaven.

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45 minutes ago, MDK said:

Christ, imagine being able to watch EastEnders from the start. My mum would be in heaven.

I think you can, the old episodes of soaps are aired on the lesser BBC/ITV channels.

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I'm going to get this because I'm a true British patriot. We need to fight off the Americanisation of our culture and this is way to do it.

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7 hours ago, Jimmy said:

Prime's worth it purely for the next day delivery stuff.

Mubi is the best streaming service out there. £6 a month and you get 4 free cinema tickets as well. 

...isn't that £9.99?

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4 hours ago, Liam said:

...isn't that £9.99?

Free trial. Go to cancel. They offer you £5.99 for the year. :) 

I'd happily pay a tenner, though. Still crazy value for money with the cinema tickets/

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Hmmm spooks is a lot slower than I remember

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The BritBox app is a real piece of shit but broadchurch is good

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So how do we think this is ultimately going to affect iplayer, ITV player, All 4 etc?

I mean, if we're already paying a licence fee for BBC it feels pretty despicable if they start stripping iplayer and putting their shows behind a paywall meaning we have to pay twice to see them.

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3 hours ago, K said:

The BritBox app is a real piece of shit but broadchurch is good

All 3 series of Broadchurch are very good.

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I'm actually really enjoying BritBox. I finished Broadchurch, now I'm on Roast Battle, and I've got some stuff lined up for after that. The app sucks ass, but I can't fault the content at all.

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Is Roast Battle like Bakeoff but for Sunday dinner?

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18 minutes ago, Colly said:

Is Roast Battle like Bakeoff but for Sunday dinner?

A hundred television executives just picked up the phone.

Roast Battle is the comedy joke battle thing. Like a rap battle but with offensive comedy. It's not amazing, but it's something I've wanted to watch. I think I pirated a few episodes a couple years ago.

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To be honest I think I knew that, is Alex Brooker on one? I think content wise it'll be great, the only thing stopping me getting it is it's literally content that's already been on the free to air channels. I wouldn't be surprised if Comedy Central aren't still showing that anyway.

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