BritBox cost, plans and shows — all you need to know

Sanditon — which is on BritBox.
BritBox is the place to follow Charlotte's love adventures in Sanditon. (Image credit: BritBox)

Britbox is one of the best streaming services for fans of British TV shows and films, with a mix of content from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, all mainstream UK broadcasters. 

The streaming service is going through some changes, at least in the UK — ITVX, ITV's streaming service, offers access to the entire Britbox library if you subscribe to its premium tier, and now the Britbox website itself doesn't let new users sign up, instead pushing them to ITVX.

This doesn't mean it's the end of the line for Britbox, with the streaming service still fully functional for US subscribers, as well as people already using the service in the UK. It does signal a sea change for Britbox though, with some reports also suggesting that the streaming service will cease to make new originals.

But Britbox still has a strong line-up, and fans of British shows abroad will find it one of the best ways to catch up with the latest or classic shows.

Here's everything you need to know about Britbox.

What are the top BritBox shows?

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Magpie Murders is among the gems on BritBox (Image credit: BritBox)

BritBox has produced a number of original shows including Magpie Murders, which has been adapted from Anthony Horowitz's hit novel. Other originals include the mystery series Murder in Provence, starring Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll, and the Agatha Christie adaptation, Why Didn't They Ask Evans? which was written and directed by Hugh Laurie. There's also The Dry, which takes a humorous look at staying sober and stars Roisin Gallagher and Ciarán Hinds. Plus Hotel Portofino, a period drama set on the Italian Riviera starring Natascha McElhone.

One of BritBox's biggest draws is Sanditon and Sanditon season 2, which are both available to stream. The glorious costume drama has been a huge hit, especially in the US. The service also has the largest collection of Downton Abbey content in North America. So, if you're into Downton — and who isn't?! — then BritBox could be a good investment. Plus US fans can also enjoy the latest series of Silent Witness, Silent Witness season 25, which has recently been added.

UK and US fans can also enjoy cold case drama Karen Pirie on the service.

There are also old favorites available like Poirot, Only Fools and Horses, Soldier Soldier, Blackadder and many more.

BritBox also has a huge movie archive including classics like The Ipcress File and more recent hits like Trainspotting and The Duchess

BritBox is also constantly adding content. 

We have a full list of BritBox shows if you'd like to explore the service further.

Karen Pirie key art

Karen Pirie is available on BritBox. (Image credit: ITV)

Natascha McElhone plays Bella Ainsworth in Hotel Portofino.

Hotel Portofino is a BritBox original you can enjoy. (Image credit: ITV)

How much does BritBox cost in the US?

The monthly fee is $7.99 or $79.99 for the full year. You save about $17  by signing up for the whole year but it's a bigger commitment. 

How much does BritBox cost in the UK?

You can't sign up to Britbox any more in the UK, though existing users can still pay for the service. subscription costs £5.99 per month or £59.99 per year. You're saving almost £12 by signing up for a year, but the monthly rolling deal is more flexible.

That's the same price as ITVX Premium, which is the service Britbox pushes you to sign up for instead, especially since ITVX Premium offers access to the same library as Britbox does.

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BritBox on Amazon ...

BritBox is the No. 1 way to watch all your favorite British shows from the BBC and ITV. And you can watch it easily via Amazon Prime Video Channels. Your subscription, including billing, is handled through your Amazon account, allowing you to watch as much as you want for a single price.

Is there a BritBox free trial?

Yes! There's a seven-day free trial in both countries. So, there's no problem in trying it out and if you don't like it, simply cancel. 

What BritBox subscription plans are there?

There's one standard plan where all the content on the service is available. You can pay monthly or for the full year. 

Is BritBox on Prime Video?

Yes, BritBox is available through Prime Video. BritBox subscribers can therefore access the service through the Prime Video app on smart TVs, mobiles, online and via game consoles. 

Does BritBox have ad breaks?

No. So that's a nice bonus — you won't have to sit through adverts before watching your shows.

What devices does BritBox support?

BritBox states it supports the following devices:

Apple TV — 4th Generation and above (2015 onwards); Support for Airplay on older AppleTV devices

Amazon Fire TV — including Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Edition

Google Chromecast — All models

YouView (including BTTV and TalkTalk TV) - Devices since late 2014 (e.g. Humax DTR2000 and above)

Samsung — Models manufactured since 2016 (Tizen)

LG — Models manufactured since 2017

Panasonic — Premium ranges since 2015 including CX, DX, EX, EZ, FZ, GZ, HZ, FX700 & above, GX800 & above, HX800 & above

Sony — 2020 TV sets with YouView

JVC, Hitachi, Toshiba — Freeview Play compatible sets released since Autumn 2016

Bush, Logik, Polaroid & other sets manufactured by Vestel - Freeview Play compatible sets released since Autumn 2016. Brands include HiSense - 4K TV sets 2018 FreeSat - 4K ready set-top boxes (released 2020) NetGem - Netbox HD and Netbox 4K streaming boxes

ROKU — Roku Express, Roku Express 4K, Roku® Streaming Stick:tm:+, Roku Streaming Stick 4K & Roku Streambar (min. Firmware: v10.0.0 b1)


David Hollingsworth

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 

David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.

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