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More good news for the imminent ITV- and BBC-led UK SVOD service BritBox as the service has confirmed that it has struck a deal with Viacom to see the media group’s Channel 5 and Comedy Central make available hundreds of hours of British content from launch.
BritBox UK 27Feb2019
Set for launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, BritBox in the UK will provide what ITV and the BBC say will be an unrivalled collection of British boxsets and original series available on demand. This will include what they say will be biggest collection of British content available on any streaming service and new commissions for British production companies specifically created for the service.

Going forward, ITV and the BBC say that they will provide a new and regular flow of fresh programmes as soon as they come out of their broadcast and catch-up windows. Many of these shows will be exclusive to UK viewers through BritBox and the flow of programmes will ensure that the content on BritBox is refreshed every week.

Under the new deal, boxsets from Channel 5 will appear on BritBox following a 30-day catch-up window on the My5 on-demand service. This strengthens the line-up of content expected on the service including Victoria, Happy Valley, Broadchurch, Les Misérables, Downton Abbey, Love Island, Famalam, Cleaning Up, Gentleman Jack, Gavin & Stacey, The Office and Benidorm.

Commenting on the launch on the new platform, Arran Tindall, senior vice president, commercial and content distribution, Viacom International Media Networks said: “Under Viacom’s ownership we have significantly increased Channel 5’s investment in original UK content and we’re delighted to bring our popular homegrown content to an even wider audience through BritBox, alongside a selection of Comedy Central’s much-loved UK programming.”

Reemah Sakaan, group launch director for ITV SVOD added: “We are thrilled to announce that another British public service broadcaster is joining BritBox, ensuring that we offer viewers the very best of British creativity across a variety of genres.”