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Britbox UK - UK SVoD Platform.

£5.99 per month - Platform now live.

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gottago London London
I keep passing digital ads for this on the tube into work and I know it's probably not aimed at my age group but I just can't really see how this can be a success in the long term. They're naming shows like Law and Order UK and the recently axed Wild Bill as highlights. Everything seems to be stuff that is constantly repeated on Drama and ITV3 and the like and I'd have thought that that age range would rather just continue watching it on linear. With only a handful of original series a year that's unlikely to be enough to draw people onto the platform.


Also what's going on in the incredibly irritating TV ad where the guy is going "Bang. Bang. Bang." in time with the music? What is that from?
DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
The prime marketing group would appear to be those new to streaming, with an affection to 'normal' television content, there'll be many in that grouping. The lack of certain platforms at launch will hit this aim.

I suspect that BT YouView will announce a no additional cost incorporation into it's base layer in the new year along with it's relaunch. There's a lot of content that's duplicated with SKY's NOW TV pass and I can see these offerings transferring on BTTV to that access route, the channels being removed from BTTV's base offering. Substituting BritBox would be a suitable and effective offering in their places.

I'm still bemoaning the lack of significant quality documentary from BBC FOUR (ie those produced in OU partnership) though.

We'll see.
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
Once the majority of the core BBC/ITV content is removed from Netflix, then we may see Britbox becoming a more viable proposition, but despite the lack of devices supported, I'm still enjoying what they have to offer.
GE
thegeek Founding member London London



I was at a sports industry conference a couple of weeks ago (to see what could be picked up / applied for news). One of the panels was a ‘state of the industry’ discussion with executives from BT Sport, DAZN and Eurosport. Streaming at 50p was mentioned by the COO of BT Sport (and I think the VP of broadcast and tech for DAZN) as one of the improvements that could be made that immediately delivered a benefit to all customers. So Eurosport and Britbox need to sort that out!

I somehow managed to miss that event, despite the subject matter and location.
The vast majority of sports content in Europe is still distributed as 1080i25, but for native UHD productions, 1080p50 is pretty trivial (and I think might already be happening)
NG
noggin Founding member

I was at a sports industry conference a couple of weeks ago (to see what could be picked up / applied for news). One of the panels was a ‘state of the industry’ discussion with executives from BT Sport, DAZN and Eurosport. Streaming at 50p was mentioned by the COO of BT Sport (and I think the VP of broadcast and tech for DAZN) as one of the improvements that could be made that immediately delivered a benefit to all customers. So Eurosport and Britbox need to sort that out!

I somehow managed to miss that event, despite the subject matter and location.
The vast majority of sports content in Europe is still distributed as 1080i25, but for native UHD productions, 1080p50 is pretty trivial (and I think might already be happening)


To be honest - most 1080p50 sports streaming is using 1080i25 sources. Deinterlacing to 1080p50 rather than 1080p25 is a hugely better route to go down for sport, as you retain the 50Hz image rate and full temporal resolution.

1080p50 is entirely possible in many OB trucks (either those designed for 2160p50, or the last generation of HD trucks - though the former are probably a better choice) However as most international rights feeds are either 1080i25 or 2160p50 those are the likely source formats.

I know some eSports events are shot at 1080p50 or 1080p59.94 for live streaming - to avoid the judder of p25 or p29.97 - so it is happening.

Let's face it - the sooner we get rid of interlace and move to full frame rate progressive the better...

17 days later

DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
Report today that Britbox and Sky have not agreed terms for the service to appear on Sky boxes, being spun as disinterest by Sky, I'm not so sure, with some of the content offered, the catalogue is now looking very good, I suspect Sky could be quite worried that their own SVoD offerings will be compromised by the service. Is there still bad feeling about the ceasing of ITV Encore previously on the Sky platform basic channels tier?
PL
Plektrum Central (East) East Midlands Today
Report today that Britbox and Sky have not agreed terms for the service to appear on Sky boxes, being spun as disinterest by Sky, I'm not so sure, with some of the content offered, the catalogue is now looking very good, I suspect Sky could be quite worried that their own SVoD offerings will be compromised by the service. Is there still bad feeling about the ceasing of ITV Encore previously on the Sky platform basic channels tier?


Sky currently have SVOD deals with BBC Studios (via the Alibi and Gold brands), Channel 4 and Viacom/Channel 5 so they have been able to directly license a lot of that content themselves and offer it in their own service so I can see why Britbox may not hold a massive amount of interest right now... I can’t imagine they would be worried but I can also imagine they will want their own original British shows to be central to their proposition.
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
Britbox is now on the Chromecast (alongside Android TV/Nvidia Shield).

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Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Really odd seeing ITV running quite lengthy promos for Doctor Who.
Stay Local. Stay Safe. Stay Alive.
bilky asko and Richard gave kudos
DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
It's still missing huge chunks of BBC Documentary material. If this doesn't improve I'll discontinue in Feb having paid for four months then.

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Fluffy Bunny Feet
Give them some time, I'm sure they will add more as it developes.
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
It's fair to say Britbox are concentrating on what people will mostly use the SVoD platform for, which is Doctor Who (63-89), classic comedy and drama.

I'm not happy that not all of Michael Palin's BBC travelogues aren't up yet, but I'm patient for these things. I waited nearly 5 years for Now TV to go FHD for example.

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