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BritBox streaming review 2020: Product, price and features

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Stream your way across the pond with episodes of major British TV shows like Shetland and Vera.

If you’ve got a soft spot for BBC programs, BritBox provides plenty of titles — from oldies like The Classic Doctor Who to current favorites like Midsomer Murders. While the price of a subscription is on par with other streaming services, device compatibility is a bit confusing.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trial7 days
Pricing starts at$6.99
Lock-in contractNo

Pros and cons

Pros

  • No commercials. Hours of content without the interruption of ads.
  • Exclusive. More British content available than streaming services like Hulu or Netflix.
  • On-demand. Both live and scripted TV, including soap operas, available a day after they air in the UK.

Cons

  • Glitchy. Current customers have commented about unreliable streaming features.
  • Online-only. There’s no option to download content and watch offline.

What features does BritBox offer?

Aside from offering exclusive British content that other popular streaming services don’t have, BritBox has few features.

Parental controls

Set restrictions for your kids by setting parental controls with a four-digit PIN from your account.

Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on what’s new and what’s being removed from the platform.

Watchlist

Save your place in a program or keep tabs on programs you find interesting by adding them to your watchlist.

Curated to what you like

Like most streaming services, BritBox provides selections that are similar to what you’ve watched with its “More like this” feature.

What devices is BritBox compatible with?

The way you sign up with BritBox determines the devices you can use to watch. We’ve broken down a few ways you can sign up for BritBox and the ways you can stream it.

iOS App Store

  • iOS iPhones and tablets
  • Mac OSX

Google Play

  • Android phones and tablets

Apple TV

  • Smart TVs

Amazon Prime Video

  • Game consoles
  • Fire TV stick and voice remote
  • Smart TV, Xfinity 1, Chromecast

Amazon App Store

  • Fire TV stick and voice remote
  • Fire game controller

Roku

  • Smart TVs
  • Roku player

How much does BritBox cost?

A standard BritBox subscription costs $6.99 monthly and offers 1,000+ hours of British TV in a wide range of genres without commercials. If you want to save $14, you can opt for an annual subscription for $69.99.

Free trial

Get a 7-day free trial before you have to choose to cancel or continue with a subscription.

What can I watch with BritBox?

Scroll through a curated collection of titles in BritBox’s on-demand library, including:

  • Vera
  • Shetland
  • Mum
  • Classic Doctor Who
  • Coronation Street
  • Midsomer Murders
  • Good Morning Britain

What Internet speeds does BritBox recommend?

While we couldn’t find any recommended Internet speed to stream BritBox confidently, it has been noted as a rival to Netflix and offers both SD and HD titles. A rule of thumb for Netflix customers is to have an Internet connection of at least 3Mbps. Because of the titles it offers and its comparison to Netflix, BritBox might also need an Internet connection close to 3Mbps.

We found patterns of complaints on Reddit regarding buffering and connectivity issues with the BritBox app. Frustrations that their phone VPN interferes with the video quality of BritBox.

In a response, BritBox told customers that it tends to see issues during certain times of day and on mobile devices. It suggests its best streaming is found on Amazon Prime Video.

How much data does BritBox use?

BritBox doesn’t mention the exact amount of data it uses, but check the data guidelines from your Internet provider and turn off the app when you’re not watching. Going over the standard 1Tb of data, which is the equivalent of spending 16-hours a day watching TV, isn’t possible unless you leave your app running in the background.

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Alex Shea was a tech and telco writer for Finder.

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BritBox advertises itself as a streaming service with new TV shows and movies. But it doesn’t have the kind of fresh UK content you’d expect to find on Netflix, like Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror. Since it only seems to carry the latest two seasons of a series at a time, BritBox is a solid option for following longstanding UK shows like Vera and Silent Witness, but not for catching a show from the beginning.

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