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Britbox

Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:57 pm

Is anyone else excited that BBC is releasing Britbox Streaming app soon to be available on Roku or does the patrol want to pounce on me for some error I may have made in this post? Britbox sounds cool to me.
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Re: Britbox

Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:20 pm

It's always nice to get another paid subscription service.  When it actually shows up, I will compare its offerings with Acorn and other alternatives and decide whether it is worth the price of the subscription.

"Excited", No, but more content is usually a good thing.
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Re: Britbox

Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:24 pm

While Britbox does sound interesting and it might be a source for a lot of older British TV and drama I do not really see it being worth the $6.99/month that it costs.

I looked around a bit but could not find a definitive list as what content will actually be included in the package. I might actually subscribe for a month or two if they have "Till Death Us Do Part" in its entirety. The little bit I've seen of it seems like it as least as good as "All in the Family." which was an Americanized version of the original.

There are also several other older British TV shows like "Space 1999" and "Gideon's Way" and "The Rat Catchers" that come to mind as series that would be interesting to see.
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Re: Britbox

Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:45 pm

socantra wrote:
It's always nice to get another paid subscription service.  When it actually shows up, I will compare its offerings with Acorn and other alternatives and decide whether it is worth the price of the subscription.

"Excited", No, but more content is usually a good thing.
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Its difficult to know if you are being serious or sarcastic about paid subscription channels but in case you are being serious I agree. Almost all free channels suck. I have Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access, and I donate monthly to my local PBS station for their Passport Account. I also have an Xfinity Limited Basic subscription to waych some stuff live and it has Showtime included. I considered Acorn TV but it all seemed outdated to me. I am hoping Britbox wont. But in any case if there were not decent paid subscription services there wouldnt be streaming boxes.

Feel free to criticize everything I said. Thats what forums are for, right?
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Re: Britbox

Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:25 am

I have looked at it and am impressed.  They have much more BBC content and even some current BBC programs that will stream about 24 hours after broadcast in the UK apparently.  I am a great fan of BBC programming and this is as close as we will get to actually having BBC.  Crime dramas and sitcoms from UK programs are so much more sophisticated and of a higher quality than U.S. programs.  Now if we can just get it on Roku quickly.  I am currently an ACORN subscriber and this looks much better or supplements it.

Has anybody heard a timeline for when it will stream on ROKU?
 
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Re: Britbox

Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:40 pm

I already get all live British tv channels streamed on Roku through their channel 'UKTV' costing $1.99 a month.The only problem is that because it's live from the UK it's therefore on their time so there's the time difference to contend with.
 
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Re: Britbox

Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:47 am

I will definitely think about switching from Acorn to Britbox when it becomes available on Roku.  I signed up for the free trial on Google Play, and the content is pretty extensive.  There is a lot of classic British TV and quite a bit of new content as well.  Acorn has become a bit stale, with very little new content each month.  From the get-go I found 30 programs to add to my Britbox watchlist. The staples like Poirot, Marple, etc. are all there, as well as all seasons of A Touch of Frost, which is hard to find elsewhere.
 
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Re: Britbox

Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:30 am

Britbox sounds good, a bit high on sub, but content will decide.  Comment made that Acorn is a bit stale...is too kind, I have been a subber since beginning.  Have gotten a lot of enjoyment from content at a fair monthly price...however 'very stale' is more correct.  This past year has just been a lot of re-run series, not much new or of interest for me.  Britbox will be a welcome addition to check out. 
Hope it happens soon on Roku.   
 
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Re: Britbox

Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:36 am

I see Britbox is now in Roku store. I will add it today. I have been watching Britbox and it does have some excellent older programs. I dont see anything that was on in past 24 hours though. I do have a VPN and watch BBCIPLAYER and ITVHub with that but it has to be on tablet or laptop. Thats why i am using Britbox to watch on my tv. But if they dont follow thru showing current i will most likely cancel. .
 
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Re: Britbox

Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:39 am

The app britbox is in store today
 
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Re: Britbox

Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:47 am

If you are using Uktv have you looked into ExpressVpn ? So you can access BBC Iplayer and ITV HUBB also with roku and a special router you can set roku up for british channels. Yes it costs but im looking into the special router if Britbox doesnt show the 24 delay programmes which have not happened with Eastenders its a month behind.
 
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Re: Britbox

Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:16 pm

Don't start talking about VPNs to bypass regional restrictions or the thread will be locked.
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Re: Britbox

Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:15 am

There was talk a while back about making the BBC iPlayer available outside the UK on a subscription based model with content from other broadcasters as well (such as Itv/4/5)
It would appear that britbox could be that international Iplayer

As for UK content, i suppose the only legitimate method would be to hook up a Roku to a Slingbox in the UK  and use that to stream UK content to wherever you are, although that would ned somewher ein the UK to base the set up
 
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Re: Britbox

Sat Mar 11, 2017 8:23 am

Britbox is available on. Roku now☺
 
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Re: Britbox

Sat Mar 11, 2017 10:09 am

Seems I am having to log onto britbox every time putting my username and password in,  has anyone found a way not to like with Netflix and other?  I'm really happy with all the content, and some of the older shows I used to watch on public television that is no longer available on amazon or netflix.

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