More than two years after its launch, the UK version of the BritBox, the streaming service owned by ITV, is now available on Virgin Media O2’s TV boxes.
The BritBox app is available to all Virgin Media O2 TV customers, who have the “TV 360” or “V6” set-top boxes.
BritBox UK (There’s also a US version which is different) is a streaming subscription service that curates British TV programmes from ITV, BBC, Channel 5 and Channel 4, as well as classic British films.
When it first launched (in November 2019), the service was owned by ITV and the BBC – but recently, the BBC sold its 10% stake to ITV, which is now the sole owner.
The service offers its subscribers the biggest collection of British box sets, starring, including the likes of Broadchurch, Downton Abbey, Vera, Only Fools and Horses, Love Island and Original exclusive content including The Beast Must Die, Secrets of the Krays and Spitting Image.
BritBox also features a collection of 600+ episodes of Classic Doctor Who.
The subscription normally costs £5.99/month or £59.99/year, and you can usually get a free trial (See my review of BritBox UK here).
Tom Price, BritBox UK’s Commercial Director said: “We are thrilled to bring BritBox to Virgin Media customers, building on the multi-year partnership ITV and Virgin Media announced last year.
“Launching Britbox on Virgin Media means that even more customers now have easy access to the best of British entertainment, including original dramas Magpie Murders and Murder in Provence, and just in time for Sanditon Series 2.”
With the Virgin Media addition, BritBox is now available on most streaming devices and TV platforms in the UK, with two major omissions: Freeview Play and Sky.
While BritBox is available as a standalone app on Manhattan T3-R Freeview Play recorders, it’s not available as part of the Freeview Play platform that’s available on millions of devices.
And it’s also missing from Sky – BritBox isn’t available on Sky Q, nor on Sky’s streaming TV, Sky Glass.
However, since BritBox is also available as an Amazon Prime Video Channel, people can subscribe to it via Amazon, with its Prime Video app available on even more devices – including Sky.