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The service, which offers a free 30-day trial, will include series such as Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, Victoria, Love Island, Top Gear and a series of documentaries by David Attenborough

A British TV streaming service that wants to compete with American giants such as Netflix yesterday.

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BritBox, a joint venture led by ITV and the BBC, offers 283 box sets and claims to have a larger British collection than its rival sites.

For £ 5.99 a month it is the same price as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Those who joined the & # 39; best of the British & # 39; yesterday for the first time have remained somewhat disappointed by some omissions.

The service, which offers a free 30-day trial, will include series such as Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, Victoria, Love Island, Top Gear and a series of documentaries by David Attenborough

The service, which offers a free 30-day trial, will include series such as Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, Victoria, Love Island, Top Gear and a series of documentaries by David Attenborough

Line of Duty, Bodyguard, Luther and Call The Midwife are all missing in BritBox – just like Coronation Street and EastEnders, along with reality shows Strictly Come Dancing, Britain & # 39; s Got Talent and The X Factor.

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Other big hits that stand out in their absence are Killing Eve and Poldark.

The Great British Bake Off is also missing, although BritBox said the show's original BBC series – before moving to Channel 4 – will be added in the next six months.

One viewer Alex Call wrote on Twitter: & # 39; Are you going to add older archive items? This does not seem to be much more than an upload of the TV part in a standard HMV at this time. Give me the full EastEnders archive and you can get my money. & # 39;

BritBox, a joint venture led by ITV and the BBC, offers 283 box sets and claims to have a larger British collection than its rival sites. For £ 5.99 a month it is the same price as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video [file photo]

BritBox, a joint venture led by ITV and the BBC, offers 283 box sets and claims to have a larger British collection than its rival sites. For £ 5.99 a month it is the same price as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video [file photo]

BritBox, a joint venture led by ITV and the BBC, offers 283 box sets and claims to have a larger British collection than its rival sites. For £ 5.99 a month it is the same price as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video [file photo]

Another, Benji Clifford, asked: "When are we going to get classic Coronation Street here?"

The launch is surrounded by industry pessimism about BritBox's chances of successfully challenging the power of American companies.

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Ten years ago, broadcasters tried to launch a similar service, but were blocked by competition authorities, giving foreign competitors the opportunity to profit.

There have also been complaints that BritBox viewers had to pay to watch programs that they had already funded through the TV license fees.

The service, which offers a free 30-day trial period, will include series such as Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, Victoria, Love Island, Top Gear and a series of David Attenborough documentaries.

Some shows such as Broadchurch will only be available to stream on BritBox. Two episodes of Midsomer Murders also premiere on the service before being shown on TV.

The launch is surrounded by industry pessimism about BritBox's chances of successfully challenging the power of American companies. Ten years ago, broadcasters tried to launch a similar service, but were blocked by competition authorities. The service offers Downton Abbey, above

The launch is surrounded by industry pessimism about BritBox's chances of successfully challenging the power of American companies. Ten years ago, broadcasters tried to launch a similar service, but were blocked by competition authorities. The service offers Downton Abbey, above

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The launch is surrounded by industry pessimism about BritBox's chances of successfully challenging the power of American companies. Ten years ago, broadcasters tried to launch a similar service, but were blocked by competition authorities. The service offers Downton Abbey, above

Channel 4 will add a large number of its own programs & # 39; s in the coming months, while Channel 5 is already on board. Shows are transferred after 30 days from the broadcaster's own catch-up services, such as ITV Hub.

However, the BBC has concluded a deal to relocate them after a year.

Regulator Ofcom has also allowed a number of programs to be kept exclusively on its iPlayer service.

Line of Duty, Bodyguard, Luther and Call The Midwife are all missing in BritBox - just like Coronation Street and EastEnders, along with reality shows Strictly Come Dancing, Britain & # 39; s Got Talent and The X Factor

Line of Duty, Bodyguard, Luther and Call The Midwife are all missing in BritBox - just like Coronation Street and EastEnders, along with reality shows Strictly Come Dancing, Britain & # 39; s Got Talent and The X Factor

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Line of Duty, Bodyguard, Luther and Call The Midwife are all missing in BritBox – just like Coronation Street and EastEnders, along with reality shows Strictly Come Dancing, Britain & # 39; s Got Talent and The X Factor

BritBox will also include vintage comedies such as Fawlty Towers and Open All Hours, plus dramas such as Prime Suspect and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Films include a series of Carry On and Hitchcock classics, as well as The Ipcress File and Laurence Olivier & # 39; s Hamlet.

Some comedies of the past such as Love Thy Neighbor and Till Death Us Do Part are not included because they are considered too racist for a modern audience.

BritBox said it would consider adding EastEnders and Coronation Street.

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The launch comes when more major US players enter the busy streaming market. Apple TV + was launched days ago for £ 4.99 a month and Disney + will be launched soon.

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