Britbox - BBC and ITV do a Netflix

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  • TheHammerite 28 Feb 2019 07:24:08 3,457 posts
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    There is a forthcoming launch of a netflix style service that features BBC and ITV content... for a fee. It isn't clear exactly what will be included. Rumour has it that iplayer content will be transferred to Britbox over time.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 28 Feb 2019 08:17:48 11,368 posts
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    I'll be fucked if I'm paying another subscription
  • neilka 28 Feb 2019 08:20:50 22,805 posts
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    Dritbox more like
  • BigOrkWaaagh 28 Feb 2019 08:32:04 8,971 posts
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    Ugh, forget it. Sure, monopolies are bad, but if I could just pay one sub to watch everything I want rather than every company setting up their own streaming service that would be great.
  • Drakesmoke 28 Feb 2019 08:38:38 572 posts
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    Depressingly, coverage of this story on FB has resulted in comments sections filled by 'are tommy' types.
  • sport 28 Feb 2019 08:39:22 15,358 posts
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    If I want reruns I'll just keep Dave.
  • KnuttinAtoll 28 Feb 2019 08:40:32 7,543 posts
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    It's not actually called Britbox though is it?





    Is it?
  • BigOrkWaaagh 28 Feb 2019 08:47:13 8,971 posts
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    KnuttinAtoll wrote:
    It's not actually called Britbox though is it?





    Is it?
    Yeah it is, it already exists in the States.
  • Load_2.0 28 Feb 2019 08:47:46 30,156 posts
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    If the original material they're hoping will draw in paying punters is dross like Luthor, Sherlock or Merlin I can't see it being successful in any way.
  • KnuttinAtoll 28 Feb 2019 08:51:11 7,543 posts
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    BigOrkWaaagh wrote:
    KnuttinAtoll wrote:
    It's not actually called Britbox though is it?





    Is it?
    Yeah it is, it already exists in the States.
    Presumably with a Union Jack theme applied to the box?
  • SolidSCB 28 Feb 2019 08:51:24 11,728 posts
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    My first thought was "Oh, that's a reasonably cool way of making the TV Licence fee seem a little bit easier to stomach".

    Oh, how foolish of me.
  • elstoof 28 Feb 2019 08:51:37 24,433 posts
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    Every episode of eastenders, now thatís a fucking marathon
  • elstoof 28 Feb 2019 08:53:10 24,433 posts
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    I think itís great, everyone wanting to chip away at Netflix. BBC and Disney setting up their own things Iíll never pay for, then thereís nothing on Netflix so I can cancel that too
  • KnuttinAtoll 28 Feb 2019 08:55:53 7,543 posts
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    Anyways, saw an ad I mean report on BBC News on this earlier this week. Maybe for those living abroad who can't access iPlayer (without VPN) it might be worthwhile.

    Am definitely not one of them though as it doesn't seem right to charge for something that was free in the past. Plus Netflix has me covered already.
  • simpleexplodingmaybe 28 Feb 2019 08:55:55 11,368 posts
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    Drakesmoke wrote:
    Depressingly, coverage of this story on FB has resulted in comments sections filled by 'are tommy' types.
    That's cos he's teaming up with Momentum to smash the biased left-liberal-right-wing bias the BBC has against the common racist/socialist
  • richardiox 28 Feb 2019 09:12:17 7,800 posts
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    EastEnders exclusive
  • Psiloc 28 Feb 2019 09:22:25 5,228 posts
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    Meh. But £5 ain't that bad.

    In regards to the "it was previously free" comments, iPlayer and ITV Player have both been pretty shite for library content; they're designed for catch-up pretty much exclusively. I'm assuming this is meant to fill that hole. And there would be quite the infrastructure cost to offer all that up so hence the cost.

    It would be preferable from a customer standpoint if they just put all this content on Netflix or Amazon or whatever though?
  • JYM60 28 Feb 2019 09:32:24 17,889 posts
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    But BBC and ITV are both complete crap....

    Only ever watch things on the channel 4 catch-up service. But if I'd to pay for it, then I wouldn't even bother.
  • challenge_hanukkah 28 Feb 2019 09:35:22 11,621 posts
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    richardiox wrote:
    Eldorado exclusive
  • sport 28 Feb 2019 09:36:35 15,358 posts
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    My iPlayer usage drastically dropped off when they started forcing me to sign-in. I don't have to if I use it via the skybox, but I can't seem to skip it when through roku, PC etc.

    I'm with Load on this, it'll be filled with dross.
  • sport 28 Feb 2019 09:37:08 15,358 posts
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    challenge_hanukkah wrote:
    richardiox wrote:
    Eldorado exclusive
    Ok, I take back everything I just said.
  • Decks Best Forumite, 2016 28 Feb 2019 09:37:39 21,502 posts
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    BBC make a few decent things but considering they make about 4 billion a year off the TV licence they can get to fuck charging a further subscription to get access to it.
  • alt-cmd-esc 28 Feb 2019 09:43:59 382 posts
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    The only good thing about this new service is that it will hopefully hasten the end of the anachronistic licence fee and force the BBC to fund itself as all other commercial channels have to. It will be particularly amusing if this happens as a result of an ill-advised venture that the BBC themselves came up with (Britbox).

    Edited by alt-cmd-esc at 09:44:54 28-02-2019
  • b-rk 28 Feb 2019 09:45:40 1,026 posts
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    I wouldn't pay 50p to watch either of those.
  • elstoof 28 Feb 2019 09:56:57 24,433 posts
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    sport wrote:
    My iPlayer usage drastically dropped off when they started forcing me to sign-in. I don't have to if I use it via the skybox, but I can't seem to skip it when through roku, PC etc.

    I'm with Load on this, it'll be filled with dross.
    I canít use it any more on virgin media, the sign in via your phone doesnít work. Means I canít stick on CBeebies now
  • JamesUK 28 Feb 2019 10:09:02 804 posts
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    Doctor Who, Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Sherlock, Luther, Peaky Blinders plus a load of other BBC stuff is currently available on Netflix. I guess all that will disappear when Britbox launches.

    No one's going to migrate from Netflix and few people will want to pay for an additional service. Anyone without Netflix probably watches plenty of terrestrial tv and has already seen everything they want to watch.
  • dmj 28 Feb 2019 10:14:21 1,001 posts
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    "Ooh, 'Allo! 'Allo! on demand!" said nobody ever.

    As folk have already pointed out, it's just going to further fragment stuff. The best thing about Netflix (and Amazon to a lesser extent) is that everything you want is in one place. BBC/ITV/Apple/Disney deciding to launch their own services is going to just piss most people off.

    Or are folk going to pay £8.99 per month for each service, on top of the licence fee and SKY/Cable?
  • Cappy 28 Feb 2019 10:18:17 14,138 posts
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    Good luck to them, hopefully they do pull all their content over to their own online service.

    It's easier to avoid their thoroughly worthless programming when it's all corralled off in one place.
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