The BBC and ITV believe that by teaming up, they can defeat the might of Netflix at its own game.
The two broadcasters are launching a subscription service called ‘BritBox’ later this year.
And although plans have been in the pipeline for a while, we weren’t sure what the pricing would be when it launches. That’s now been confirmed.
According to the BBC, it will cost £5.99 a month and will include both HD viewing and multi-screen.
The joint venture aims to showcase British content from the two broadcasters, including current hits such as ITV’s Love Island and classics including the BBC’s Gavin & Stacey.
The UK broadcasters have claimed BritBox costs ‘less than other streaming services’ such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. But does that claim really hold up?
Here’s how they compare:
The streaming giant’s basic plan costs £5.99 – the same as BritBox – but this does not include HD viewing or multi-screen.
A standard plan, which includes HD viewing and allows you to watch on two screens simultaneously, costs £8.99. A premium plan, which includes Ultra HD and allows you to watch on four screens simultaneously, costs £11.99.
Amazon Prime Video
Access to Amazon’s library of TV and film costs £5.99 a month – matching BritBox for price – and lets you to watch on three screens simultaneously.
However, by paying £7.99 a month customers will receive the full perks of Amazon Prime, which include same-day delivery from the e-commerce company.
Sky’s contribution to the streaming market offers a more customisable, and therefore complex, menu of options. Now TV comprises five individual passes – Entertainment, Movies, Sport, Kids and the reality TV pass called hayu.
The passes are separate monthly subscriptions that grant access to either live broadcasts, such as with the sports pass, or a library of TV shows or movies. The service allows you to watch on two screens simultaneously.
- Entertainment Pass costs £7.99 a month.
- Sky Cinema Pass costs £11.99 a month.
- Sky Sports Pass costs £33.99 a month, £14.99 for seven days, or £8.99 for a one-day pass.
- Kids Pass costs £3.99 a month.
- hayu Month Pass costs £3.99 a month.
And while that’s the current crop of streaming services on offer, it’s about to get even more crowded.
Disney is prepping the inevitable launch of its Disney+ streaming plan which will include all it’s own content as well as everything from the Marvel and Star Wars universes.
Finally, Apple is about to unleash Apple TV+ which will bring with it original TV shows that Apple is spending a fortune on.
Still, they won’t have Love Island, will they?
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