ITVX, the brand new streaming service from ITV that’s replacing ITV Hub, is finally rolling out to Freesat devices, with hundreds of thousands of additional users now gaining access to it.
However, many Freesat users with the older Humax Freesat boxes will not be able to join the celebrations, as those boxes – where ITV Hub is no longer working – won’t be getting ITVX (see the full list below).
But today (December 8) is the “official” launch date, which means the final roll-out is finally coming to Freesat (along with Freeview, later today).
Customers with the 4K Freesat boxes, should be seeing their ITV Hub app “transform” into ITVX throughout the day, without having to do anything manually.
If you don’t see the ITVX app on your 4K box (and you’re still seeing ITV Hub), it sometimes helps to restart the box by unplugging it and then plugging it back in.
We’ve also heard of some occasions where the ITV Hub icon is still showing, with ITVX launching when you actually run the app – so try that as well (and the icon should switch over to ITVX at some point).
What Is ITVX?
ITV’s new streaming app, ITVX, is a free-to-watch (with adverts) service that’s replacing the long-running ITV Hub app, and is meant to be a full-fledged streaming service.
ITVX is launching with more than 10,000 free (with adverts) hours of on-demand content, including 35 flagship shows, 200+ series and 250+ films.
In addition to the on-demand content, you can also stream all of ITV’s live channels via the app, as well as several “themed” ad-supported live channels that are dedicated to a single series or theme (including a British Sign Language channel).
While ITV is focusing heavily on the ad-supported free tier, ITVX also has a paid Premium tier, which removes all the adverts when you’re watching on-demand content.
Premium tier subscribers will also get access to the entire content library of BritBox, which includes more than 4,000 hours of classic British shows and films.
The Premium tier currently costs £5.99/month or £59.99/year.
What Can I Watch On ITVX?
ITVX includes a mix of classic British dramas and reality shows from ITV’s archives, classic and newer blockbuster films, American TV shows from Warner, Paramount and others, as well as exclusive original productions.
At least one flagship show will launch on ITVX per week, sometimes months before it airs on ITV’s linear channels.
Some of those premiers include Russell T Davies’ Nolly starring Helena Bonham Carter (which will be coming in February 2023), powerful period drama The Confessions of Frannie Langton starring Karla-Simone Spence, Litvinenko starring David Tennant and Mark Bonnar, and the hotly anticipated cold war series, A Spy Among Friends, which is now available in its entirety.
In addition to 35 flagship shows premiering and streaming exclusively on ITVX, the service will also be launching full series’ of upcoming ITV shows on their first day of broadcast, allowing viewers to binge-watch.
Early examples of this include the real-life drama Stonehouse starring Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes and the new series of Unforgotten.
If you’re into films, ITVX will feature the UK’s largest free film library, with the likes of Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Daniel Day Lewis, Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Lawrence, Sir Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins and even The Muppets.
As mentioned, paying subscribers who sign up for ITVX’s Premium tier will also get 6,000 hours of classic British content from BritBox.
Some of BritBox’s content highlights, from the archives of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, include 600+ episodes of the classic Doctor Who as well as a long list of classic British series and films.
Do note, however, that ITVX Premium subscribers will not be able to access BritBox’s standalone app, which will remain separate for now. Instead, BritBox’s content will simply appear as a premium category on the ITVX app.
ITVX On Freesat – Not Everyone Can Get It
As we previously reported, ITVX won’t work on many older devices – including some Freesat boxes, Smart TVs and Freeview recorders.
This was already evident a few months ago, when ITV Hub stopped working on those older devices.
This is due to ITV upgrading the content protection technology on its streaming platform, which makes both ITV Hub, and the new ITVX app, incompatible with some older devices – including Humax’s Freesat boxes.
Until 2020, Humax ruled the Freesat world – but eventually, they stopped making Freesat boxes. At that point, Freesat launched a new set of boxes from Commscope (formerly Arris) – both regular and recording boxes that also support 4K.
And, since Humax’s older Freesat boxes can no longer be updated with the new software requirements – ITVX won’t work on them.
The affected models, which will not be getting ITVX (and where ITV Hub no longer works), are:
- Humax Hb1000s
- Humax Hdr1000s
- Humax Hdr1010s
- Humax Hdr1100s
- Humax Hb1100s
In addition, Panasonic TVs from 2015 and earlier with built-in Freesat, as well as first-generation Freesat boxes, also don’t support ITVX.
It’s important to note that Freesat users with the affected Humax boxes won’t be losing access to ITV’s linear channels, and those will continue to air as they do now on your device. But the streaming app, ITVX, won’t work.
If you have the newer 4K Freesat boxes, however – then congratulations, ITVX should now be available on your device.