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How to watch Downton Abbey: A New Era

The cast of Downton Abbey: A New Era in tennis outfits
(Image credit: Ben Blackall / © 2022 Focus Features LLC)

It’s time for another return to Downton Abbey, as the worldwide hit TV show has its second movie with Downton Abbey: A New Era. Fans have been enjoying the latest Downton story in movie theaters, but soon it is going to be available for at-home viewing.

If you’re wondering whether you should be checking out Downton Abbey: A New Era, What to Watch’s review praises the movie, saying fans will love it and it "whisks us away from the real world" for its duration.

Here’s what you need to know on how to watch Downton Abbey: A New Era.

Is Downton Abbey: A New Era streaming?

In the US Downton Abbey: A New Era makes its streaming debut on Friday, June 24, launching on the Peacock streaming service.

If you want to stream the movie on Peacock, you'll need to be a Peacock Premium subscriber (signed up to either the ad-supported or ad-free plan). 

In the UK there currently isn't anywhere you can stream the latest Downton movie. But you can still watch it from the comfort of your own home, by renting Downton Abbey: A New Era on Prime Video (opens in new tab), Apple TV Plus and Sky TV.  

US audiences can rent Downton Abbey: A New Era digitally from Prime Video, YouTube, Vudu and Google Play right now for $20. 

Downton Abbey: A New Era DVD

Downton fans can will be able to bring home a physical copy of Downton Abbey: A New Era as soon as July 5. Downton Abbey: A New Era will be available in 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD formats. 

A number of special features are included as part of the physical copies (as well as digital purchases). Here's what fans can expect:

  • "Good to Be Back": the cast is happy to be back at the estate and making their next film. Hear what it was like for them to see one another again and learn about their character's continuing story arcs.
  • "Return to Downton Abbey: The Making of a New Era": a production as large as Downton Abbey: A New Era takes incredible preparation, people, and craftsmanship. This in-depth making-of piece delves into the work that each department contributed to bring this film to life.
  • "A Legendary Character": take a look back at the legendary character that is the Dowager Countess of Grantham and see why Maggie Smith was born to play the role.
  • "Creating the Film Within the Film": take a deeper dive into the making of the film within the film, highlighting the extra research and details that were taken into consideration, from set design and vehicles to the plethora of period-accurate film equipment and props.
  • "Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia": Learn the real history behind Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia and why it was a perfect vessel to play the cross-channel ferry in the film.
  • "Spill the Tea (Time)": Sit down with Allen Leech (Tom Branson) and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) as they spill all the details of what life on the set of Downton Abbey: A New Era was really like.
  • Feature commentary with director Simon Curtis

Plus, a special limited-edition gift set is going to be offered with that features the movie in Blu-ray, DVD and digital format, exclusive packaging, vintage-style postcards, a photo book and a collectible Downton Abbey branded stainless steel tea strainer with a velvet bag.

What else you need to know about Downton Abbey: A New Era

What’s in store with this latest trip to Downton? The movie features two big plots, the first involving a movie choosing to shoot at Downton, while the second takes many of the Crawleys to the South of France, where the Dowager Countess has mysteriously come into the possession of a villa.

So many of your favorite cast members are back for this new chapter, including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Sophie McShera, Kevin Doyle, Laura Carmichael, Penelope Wilton and more. Plus there are some new faces, like Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock and Dominic West.

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Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.