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BBC and ITV Announce UK 'BritBox' Streaming Service to Rival Netflix

British broadcasters ITV and the BBC have announced joint plans to create "BritBox," a subscription streaming service for UK audiences to rival the likes of Netflix (via Reuters). The two companies already offer a similarly named streaming service for the U.S., but today's news was about a new video-on-demand service for British audiences, which will offer subscribers a place to watch both well-known television series and original programming, according to ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. "This will provide an unrivaled collection of British boxsets and original series in one place," she said. "We anticipate that other partners will be added to BritBox and we will both speak to regulators and the wider industry about our proposals."The service is set to launch in the second half of 2019 and will be priced competitively, according to both broadcasters, although no further details were given. BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub already provide British viewers with free catch-up streaming services featuring a limited range of programs, but the broadcasters claim research shows viewers embrace streaming and would be willing to add another service to current subscriptions, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky. The BritBox streaming service for U.S. audiences is said to be ahead of expectations, having already broken through targets with over half a million subscribers.

BBC Announces New Personalized Content Portal With 'BBC+' App

The BBC released a new app today called BBC+ which aims to let users customize the content offered by the British broadcaster for a more relevant, personalized experience. The idea behind the app is to work as a customized one-stop portal for all things BBC that corrals content from across the service, from TV and radio to exclusively online bitesize and longform content. Users are prompted to sign in to the app on launch and begin choosing their content preferences. The app's homepage for example offers a fully customizable content carousel that users populate by choosing from a list of editorial themes, including regional and national news, sports, gaming, science, music, business, politics, health, food, and more. Pooled data collected by the app is then used by algorithms and human curators to work out what content formats are most popular and help identify trending themes to better serve up more relevant content. "BBC+ is a key part of the journey towards achieving a much more personal BBC, and truly brings topical information from across the whole organization to your pocket, ready for you to access at your convenience," said the head of BBC+ Paul Owen in a press release. "This is just the start for us, and over time the app will evolve and add new features based on user feedback." The app is a key aspect of the broadcaster's vision for the BBC in the digital era – the "myBBC revolution", as director general Tony Hall called it – which seeks to reinvent public service broadcasting by using viewers' data and interests to put them in the driver's