What is Britbox and when does it launch in the UK? BBC and ITV's version of Netflix

BRITBOX, a streaming service set to rival Netflix, is due to launch in the UK in the last three months of 2019.

The service will see television giants BBC and ITV join forces, with a collection of "the nation's favourite programmes". Here's what we know…

What is Britbox and when will it be launched?

BBC and ITV have partnered up to launch a new streaming service called Britbox.

The UK broadcasters have confirmed they are joining forces in a bid to rival streaming giant Netflix.

BritBox creators say the service will host the largest collection of British boxsets – and cost £5.99.

ITV chief Carolyn McCall described the upcoming launch as a "milestone moment".

"Subscription video on demand is increasingly popular with consumers who love being able to watch what they want when they want to watch it," she said, in a statement.

"They are also happy to pay for this ease of access to quality content and so BritBox is tapping into this, and a new revenue stream for UK public service broadcasters."

BritBox's service area includes the U.S. and Canada, however, the programs available in each country are not identical.

It's available through the web, AppleTV, iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile phones and tablets.

It costs around $6.99 per month, which works out at around £5.70.

The streaming service is set to be launched later this year, with the official date not being released as of yet.

In March 2017 BritBox was and already operates in the US and Canada – where it supplies a regular stream of popular British programming.

Some series, like Coronation Street, have new episodes on BritBox within a day of their British premiere.

Classic shows are also available, including Agatha Christie's Poirot, Blackadder, Fawlty Towers, Gavin & Stacey, Merlin, Miss Marple, The Office and Red Dwarf.

Why are viewers angry?

BBC viewers have slammed their new service Britbox – as they'll be paying TWICE to watch the shows.

The corporation announced today that they were teaming up with ITV to launch a streaming service that'll rival Netflix in the UK.

To access the service, punters will need a paid subscription – even though BBC content is funded by the licence payer.

They're not happy, taking to Twitter to vent their frustration.

One wrote: "@Ofcom so sorry, let me get this clear… have the @bbcpress been using our money to fund and create a premium TV service they now expect us to pay for?"

Another said: "Paying for content that I’ve already paid for via the TV licence is an interesting concept!"

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