A British Netflix is coming and everyone hates it

27 February 2019, 12:27

Netflix on a TV screen/A man crying.
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Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

Move aside, Netflix.

The BBC and ITV have confirmed plans to join forces and launch a new streaming service – BritBox. BritBox, which is expected to rival Netflix and Amazon Prime, is already a thing in the US and Canada after being rolled out in 2017 and has over 500,000 subscribers.

BritBox will bring some "old favourites" as well as new and original content to one platform. It's promised to put the spotlight on British shows too, and will have the biggest collection of UK content on any streaming service. Yep, that means we will be watching Love Island from the first series… again.

"BritBox will be the home for the best of British creativity – celebrating the best of the past, the best of today and investing in new British originated content in the future," TV chief executive Carolyn McCall said.


Meanwhile, BBC director general Tony Hall, said: "I am delighted that the BBC and ITV are working together on something truly special – BritBox. A new streaming service delivering the best home-grown content to the public who love it best."

ITV and the BBC are in the concluding phase of talks right now and it's expected other channels will join later, which means there will be a wide range of British box-sets to browse all in one place.

All British shows in one place sounds like the dream right? Erm, no, actually everyone was a little negative about it.

The name "BritBox" didn't exactly go down well either...

Anyway... BritBox and chill, anyone?