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BritBox: Streaming Service Guide

Do you believe that there’s nothing more comforting in 2020 than classic television comedy, improved only by the inclusion of a British accent? Can you name all 13 Doctors in order of appearance, along with their companions? Is there nothing that gets you hooked like a brooding main character solving mysteries in a sleepy English town with a sinister underbelly? If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, do we have news for you.

Streaming platform newcomer BritBox promises to deliver a unique viewing experience to Australian audiences, thanks to a specially curated selection of all things UK television. Originally hinted for an Australian release earlier in the year, we can now tune into all our British favourites, from crime dramas to comedy. So kick back with some tea and biscuits and soak up some good, old-fashioned British telly.

What is BritBox?

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BritBox is the latest in an ever longer line of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) streaming services to arrive on Aussie shores. A partnership between BBC studios and ITV, BritBox is naturally your one stop streaming service for all things British television. The platform, which has already launched in the UK, US and Canada, promises to provide the “ultimate collection of British comedy and drama, from brand new shows to loved favourites”, according to the platform.

Aside from the fact that it is bursting with British telly, there are a few notable inclusions that have been highly anticipated by audiences around the country. The entire Doctor Who collection will be available to stream on BritBox, spanning all 13 Doctors in their time bending glory, alongside classic British television series All Creatures Great and Small, with its recent reboot also available. There are a number of BritBox original series which will be made available to Australian audiences after airing express from the UK, as well as exclusive content from a range of genres.

How much does BritBox cost in Australia?

For a BritBox subscription in Australia, it costs $8.99 each month or $89.99 for a year. Unlike other streaming platforms such as Stan and Netflix, there are no tiered payment plans for different levels of streaming quality or number of devices, with everything consistent across the board, regardless of how long you sign up for. BritBox also offers a seven-day free trial, however you must cancel your subscription within the trial period to avoid paying for the following month.

How to watch BritBox

You can stream BritBox on your phone, tablet, computer, Chromecast, Apple TV, Fetch TV or Telstra device, as well as through LG and Samsung Smart TVs. There is no mention at this stage of an Android television app, but it’s likely to assume that the British are coming (to more TVs).

How can I watch Doctor Who in Australia?

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The entire Doctor Who collection will be available to watch exclusively on the BritBox streaming platform. Since airing in 1963, the iconic show has followed the wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey adventures of 13 Doctors, including favourites such as David Tennant, Peter Capaldi and the most recent – who also happens to be the first female Doctor – Jodie Whittaker. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just want to see what all the fuss is about, BritBox has got you covered, not to mention very busy, for the foreseeable future.

Sign up to Disney+ Australia

Disney+ is the new talk of the streaming world, so how can you get a subscription? There are two plan options to choose from – a monthly subscription at $8.99 per month, or prepay for a year at $89.99 and save on the monthly cost. Both plans include the same features, with unlimited downloads and the ability to stream on up to four screens at the same time. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month or year
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Disney+ Monthly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices

min. cost $8.99 over one month

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $8.99
Advertised Cost/month
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Disney+ Yearly Subscription

  • Stream the Disney+ library, including Disney+ Originals, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel & National Geographic
  • Watch on 4 screens at the same time
  • Add up to 7 profiles
  • Unlimited downloads of shows and movies on up to 10 devices
  • Prepay for a yearly subscription and save on the monthly cost

min. cost $89.99 over one year

4No. of Screens /same time viewing $89.99
Advertised Cost/year
Get DealCanstar Blue receives a commission for sign-ups through Disney+ *

What to watch on BritBox

BritBox has a collection of classic and contemporary British content covering a range of genres, including drama, crime, comedy, documentary and lifestyle. While British telly is the main aim of the game, there are a number of telemovie gems included if you’re looking for something closer to movie-length. Plus it wouldn’t be the BBC without some classic BBC miniseries (we’re looking at you Mr. Darcy).

Shows on BritBox

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Some of the shows that are available on BritBox include:

  • Doctor Who
  • Absolutely Fabulous
  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • Victoria
  • Spooks
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Death in Paradise
  • Extras
  • Bleak house
  • Luther
  • Broadchurch
  • Blue Planet and Planet Earth
  • Blackadder

Is a subscription to BritBox worth it?

There’s something quite nostalgic about classic British television, so if that’s your thing then a BritBox subscription will be well worth the money. Although quite niche, the BritBox library covers enough genres for you to make your way through without it getting repetitive. You’ll also be able to spot numerous familiar faces, as many of the British greats are present including Rowan Atkinson, David Attenborough, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley… the list goes on!

It may be worth keeping in mind that there is not much in the way of children’s television, so it may potentially not be the best investment if you’re looking to keep the kids entertained for an afternoon. In saying that, there is plenty of opportunity within the BritBox catalogue to introduce the young ones to some of the classics and discover old family favourites for a new generation, and with a month-by-month subscription option that’s more affordable than other streaming services, it certainly won’t hurt to try.

What are the best internet plans for streaming BritBox?

If you’ve decided to sign up to BritBox, you’ll need to make sure that your internet plan will be able to cope with video streaming requirements. The NBN Co website suggests that NBN 25 Standard Evening Speed are adequate for SD video streaming, while HD video streaming requires a minimum of NBN 50 Standard Plus Evening Speed.

While these NBN speeds are the recommended options for video streaming, the actual speeds you experience may differ due to a range of factors, including network congestion, especially around peak evening times (7pm-11pm). The number of people in your house using the internet, can also impact your internet speeds.

Perhaps the most popular NBN speed tier is NBN 50 as it suits a range of uses including HD video streaming, online gaming and households of two or more heavy internet users.

Unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) Plans

The following table shows a selection of published unlimited Standard Plus Evening Speed (NBN 50) plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of monthly cost, from the lowest to highest, and then by alphabetical order of provider. Use our comparison tool above to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.

About the author of this page

Dean Heckscher

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Content Projects Lead, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.

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