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6 Months of Britbox Free for All EE Customers (Pay Monthly)
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Posted 11th Feb
EE today announced it has become the exclusive mobile partner for the streaming service BritBox. The partnership combines the UK’s best network with the best of British content. EE consumer pay monthly mobile and tablet customers across the UK will receive a six-month subscription to BritBox with inclusive mobile data.

Launching on the 13th March, the six-month BritBox subscription offer allows all EE pay monthly mobile and tablet customers to stream the widest range available of award-winning British dramas, comedies, films and documentaries from the BBC and ITV.

BritBox offers the biggest collection of British box sets including: Top Gear, Downton Abbey, Happy Valley and Gavin & Stacey, with many box sets including Cold Feet, Classic Doctor Who, Shetland and Broadchurch unavailable on-demand anywhere else.

Not only will EE customers be able to stream their favourite shows over the UK’s biggest and fastest network, available in more places than any other and at no extra cost, but they will be able to do so for six months - all without impacting their data allowance.

Customers can also use the offer to access BritBox via a wide range of Smart TVs, as well as streaming devices including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google Chromecast. After the initial six-month period ends, customers will be able to continue paying for BritBox at £5.99/month, directly through their EE bill.
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royals11/02/2020 13:17

The licence fee, for bbc, is bad value now. Only watch the occasional …The licence fee, for bbc, is bad value now. Only watch the occasional football games, new, match if the day and top gear. Rest is garbage



Terrible value just becuase you dont use half the services or aren't interested in them for YOU its bad, but actually its excellent value.

Any comparison to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video etc. is laughable so please dont embarrass yourself!
Err we already paid for it via the license......
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Don't forget that you need to add a further £155 for a TV License on top of that monthly fee.
You don't need to for Netflix, Amazon Prime, ITV/CH4/CH5 catch up TV.

EDIT. It appears you do NOT have to have a TV License for watching Britbox. Excellent.
Edited by: "Chiptivo" 11th Feb
Chiptivo11/02/2020 11:08

Don't forget that you need to add a further £155 for a TV License on top …Don't forget that you need to add a further £155 for a TV License on top of that monthly fee. You don't need to for Netflix, Amazon Prime, ITV/CH4/CH5 catch up TV.


Do you?

moneysavingexpert.com/new…ve/

I think the whole point of Britbox was to have a service that doesn't require the TV License fee.
dipsylalapo11/02/2020 11:10

Do …Do you?https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2019/11/britbox-streaming-service-goes-live/I think the whole point of Britbox was to have a service that doesn't require the TV License fee.


Fair play, I was listening to the wrong advice.

Interesting that people who pay the TV License fee are paying for the content I can now watch without a TV License. Thanks guys.
Edited by: "Chiptivo" 11th Feb
Err we already paid for it via the license......
Chiptivo11/02/2020 11:08

Don't forget that you need to add a further £155 for a TV License on top …Don't forget that you need to add a further £155 for a TV License on top of that monthly fee. You don't need to for Netflix, Amazon Prime, ITV/CH4/CH5 catch up TV.EDIT. It appears you do NOT have to have a TV License for watching Britbox. Excellent.


It’s a bit of a grey area with itv hub, prime etc though because if you use any of the live services they offer then you need a tv license.
jamierichardson12911/02/2020 11:38

It’s a bit of a grey area with itv hub, prime etc though because if you u …It’s a bit of a grey area with itv hub, prime etc though because if you use any of the live services they offer then you need a tv license.


That's patently wrong. Stop spreading misinformation please.
jamierichardson12911/02/2020 11:38

It’s a bit of a grey area with itv hub, prime etc though because if you u …It’s a bit of a grey area with itv hub, prime etc though because if you use any of the live services they offer then you need a tv license.


It's not that grey though.
If you watch live TV as it is broadcast, or a recording/watching a recording of live TV you need a license. If you use iPlayer for TV you also need a license.
That is the only reasoning to purchase one. Anything else you don't need one.


Makes me sad that people who say "If you have a TV you have to have a TV license"
People have to remember having a TV License is optional, a choice, not a compulsory requirement if you own a TV.
Eldergeek11/02/2020 11:43

That's patently wrong. Stop spreading misinformation please.


Sorry bout that I thought the tv licensing site was fairly reliable tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one
Here’s the quote directly from the tv licensing site

“The law says you need to be covered by a TV Licence to:
watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV, on any channel
watch or stream programmes live on an online TV service (such as ITV Hub, All 4, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, Sky Go, etc.)
download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer”
Edited by: "jamierichardson129" 11th Feb
Chiptivo11/02/2020 11:45

It's not that grey though. If you watch live TV as it is broadcast, or a …It's not that grey though. If you watch live TV as it is broadcast, or a recording/watching a recording of live TV you need a license. If you use iPlayer for TV you also need a license. That is the only reasoning to purchase one. Anything else you don't need one. Makes me sad that people who say "If you have a TV you have to have a TV license" People have to remember having a TV License is optional, a choice, not a compulsory requirement if you own a TV.


True. I just didn’t know if everybody was aware about not watching live tv through those apps
Will BritBox work outside of the UK? In the same way that say Netflix of Amazon Prime does?

EDIT: from britbox.co.uk/help
Where can I stream BritBox?BritBox is only available to UK residents. You can also watch BritBox if you are temporarily outside the UK but within the EU.


Edited by: "adsham" 11th Feb
jamierichardson12911/02/2020 11:38

It’s a bit of a grey area with itv hub, prime etc though because if you u …It’s a bit of a grey area with itv hub, prime etc though because if you use any of the live services they offer then you need a tv license.


It's only a grey area if you watching live TV as I understand it...
Danielle7111/02/2020 12:21

It's only a grey area if you watching live TV as I understand it...


Yep, you’re right. I know a couple of people (who don’t pay the license fee) that were watching live tv and didn’t realise they weren’t meant to be (just because it was through an app). I don’t even know if the licensing agency would be able to tell if you were watching a live stream or not. I was just trying to help people that aren’t aware because there seems to be so much misinformation regarding the licensing laws now.
So do we require a TV licence to watch it on catch up?
ricardo.paulo11/02/2020 12:43

So do we require a TV licence to watch it on catch up?


If you only watch catch up and don’t watch live tv through apps (like live sport on Prime etc) then no you don’t need a license and BritBox itself doesn’t require a license to use. tvlicensing.co.uk/che…one
Edited by: "jamierichardson129" 11th Feb
adsham11/02/2020 12:04

Will BritBox work outside of the UK? In the same way that say Netflix of …Will BritBox work outside of the UK? In the same way that say Netflix of Amazon Prime does?EDIT: from https://www.britbox.co.uk/helpWhere can I stream BritBox?BritBox is only available to UK residents. You can also watch BritBox if you are temporarily outside the UK but within the EU.


Its available in America. So not only UK residents.
Bushes11/02/2020 12:47

Its available in America. So not only UK residents.


Yes you are right, and Canada.
Not until 13th March - can’t even register for it early
amanda.harris11/02/2020 12:54

Not until 13th March - can’t even register for it early


Is it possible to do the first months free trial direct with BritBox before, then sign up to the EE offer after, like you could with Apple Music? (So essentially 7 months free)
jamierichardson12911/02/2020 13:01

Is it possible to do the first months free trial direct with BritBox …Is it possible to do the first months free trial direct with BritBox before, then sign up to the EE offer after, like you could with Apple Music? (So essentially 7 months free)


I signed up an cancelled a few weeks ago. We will see in March. Never used the free Apple Music etc
The licence fee, for bbc, is bad value now. Only watch the occasional football games, new, match if the day and top gear. Rest is garbage
If they are making money on this service for programmes i helped make do i get a profit share? Lol
The best thing about Britbox is that soon the more dodgy side of the internet will have cataloged all the content, much like when Amazon acquired a load of HD episodes of older TV.
royals11/02/2020 13:17

The licence fee, for bbc, is bad value now. Only watch the occasional …The licence fee, for bbc, is bad value now. Only watch the occasional football games, new, match if the day and top gear. Rest is garbage



Terrible value just becuase you dont use half the services or aren't interested in them for YOU its bad, but actually its excellent value.

Any comparison to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video etc. is laughable so please dont embarrass yourself!
So £5.99 a month after 6 months for a load of repeats....BARGAIN.
Come back in 6 months and see if its still running...
royals11/02/2020 13:17

The licence fee, for bbc, is bad value now. Only watch the occasional …The licence fee, for bbc, is bad value now. Only watch the occasional football games, new, match if the day and top gear. Rest is garbage


Their Natural History output is still world-class as well...
Edited by: "Eotris" 11th Feb
royals11/02/2020 13:17

The licence fee, for bbc, is bad value now. Only watch the occasional …The licence fee, for bbc, is bad value now. Only watch the occasional football games, new, match if the day and top gear. Rest is garbage


Also BBC Tv is good value for the range of foreign (subtitled ) thrillers & detectives on BBC4
I have already paid for the BBC produced content. My fee should be halved.
junglenik11/02/2020 17:14

I have already paid for the BBC produced content. My fee should be halved.


No, you've paid for a TV Licence. Very different.
Edited by: "ElBuc" 11th Feb
expostie11/02/2020 17:13

Also BBC Tv is good value for the range of foreign (subtitled ) thrillers …Also BBC Tv is good value for the range of foreign (subtitled ) thrillers & detectives on BBC4


Their radio output is immense and varied. Especially locally where they encourage up and coming talent.
Their kids shows are great.
Their music festivals (BBC introducing) help to build British musical talent and give them broad exposure...the list goes on.
benfleet511/02/2020 15:05

Terrible value just becuase you dont use half the services …Terrible value just becuase you dont use half the services or aren't interested in them for YOU its bad, but actually its excellent value.Any comparison to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video etc. is laughable so please dont embarrass yourself!


Exactly, those who think it is great value should only be made to pay license fee. Why should those who don't want to watch it have to pay for it..
It's just a matter of time before BBC is made to adopt subscription model and that will be it's demise
I strongly suspect that when Disney+ launches in the UK we'll all be reassessing the value of our streaming service subscriptions.......$5.99 and no price differentiation for UHD with a huge and fantastic back catalogue - it wouldn't surprise me if Sky, Amazon, Apple and Netflix are in a state of panic currently, and I suspect Britbox (though it has a niche British theme) will go under before it's even taken a foothold.
Edited by: "N1Andy" 11th Feb
This service will last a year tops no one is going to pay for content twice are they £5.99 a month to watch the programmes that I paid for via my TV licence.
I dunno .. disney will be $5.99 for year 1 2 3 , until the competitors start dropping out, then when theires just one or two other's left standing, the price will increase gardually. Boiling a frog principle.
benfleet511/02/2020 15:05

Terrible value just becuase you dont use half the services …Terrible value just becuase you dont use half the services or aren't interested in them for YOU its bad, but actually its excellent value.Any comparison to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video etc. is laughable so please dont embarrass yourself!


Not really I’ve paid to have this content created now I’m paying again.. least with Netflix n amazon I’m not getting it on my actual tv.
Hopefully in my lifetime the license fee will be abolished however for the die had brits who say it offer excellent service for the price..what ever you say BBC employee who will no doubt lose there job when this does happen
jaques_kalis11/02/2020 20:39

Exactly, those who think it is great value should only be made to pay …Exactly, those who think it is great value should only be made to pay license fee. Why should those who don't want to watch it have to pay for it.. It's just a matter of time before BBC is made to adopt subscription model and that will be it's demise


If you don't want to watch any live content on your TV (or via an app like iPlayer) you don't have to pay the TV licence. Simples. It strikes me though that most people complaining then say "but I do watch a bit of match of the day, and the occasional top gear, oh and the 6pm news of course...and Radio 1 in my car, and that planet earth stuff is stunning, and my grandchildren love kids stuff I have to admit" and the list goes on. So for £2-3 per week, it IS great value. No one forces you to pay if you don't consume any live content. So what are you complaining about?
Edited by: "Phildouf" 12th Feb
is this deal available to flex customers as they pay monthly?
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