Apparently I need to lock the forums down. These guys totally took off with SteveW’s idea. [LINK]
Last year, the BBC pulled classic Who episodes from Netflix and Hulu, and word began to spread the reason was an impending BBC streaming service for U.S. fans who just can’t get enough U.K. TV. Last month, BBC and ITV launched that streaming service, called BritBox, with loads of classic programming, but no Doctor Who. Now, at last, they’ve remedied that.
As of this week, all 26 seasons and all seven Doctors who lived them are available to stream on BritBox, along with some extras like The Doctors Revisited series that aired for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013. The episodes are all rather neatly categorized, broken down chronologically by Doctor, but there are also collections of episodes focusing on specific monsters and allies, and even guides for new viewers. So, if you wanted to set up that perfect weekend Dalek marathon, now you can. Plus, according to Variety, the service also plans to add audio of the lost Who episodes, so you can get as close to the complete run as possible until someone finds that footage in a basement somewhere.
BritBox charges $6.99 a month for their U.K TV archive, which also includes classics like Red Dwarf and Fawlty Towers.
Now, if Big Finish signs on to allow its stuff to be streamed through this service too? Everyone’s gonna forget about new Who by the time Chibnall gets his show rolling.
I still don’t like the name BritBox. And it’s yet another online streaming channel vying for domination in a swelling marketplace. At least $7 isn’t too bad compared with CBS All-Access wanting $10 for commercial-free shows.