For many Australians being able to watch the latest British television shows is a distant dream. With the BBC iPlayer and other streaming services unavailable in Australia it can feel like a struggle to keep up with the latest British series. The question remains: is BritBox available in Australia?
What is BritBox?
BritBox is a streaming service offering the best of British television. Launched in the US in 2017 it has since become the go-to streaming service for British content. It offers a huge selection of classic and current British TV shows as well as movies documentaries and even exclusive content.
The service is available in the US Canada and the UK but is not currently available in Australia. However there are some alternatives available for Australians who are looking for British content.
Alternatives to BritBox in Australia
Below is a table of streaming services available in Australia that offer British content.
|BBC and ITV shows as well as exclusive content
|Amazon Prime Video
|BBC and ITV shows as well as exclusive content
|Classic British shows and documentaries
Is BritBox Available in Australia?
Recently the streaming service BritBox has become increasingly popular in the United States and Canada. BritBox is a streaming service specializing in British TV shows movies and documentaries from across the pond. Given its success in the US and Canada some may be wondering if BritBox is available in Australia?
The short answer to this question is: no BritBox is not currently available in Australia. Although some users may be able to access the service using a VPN connection there are a few key reasons why the service is not available to Australians.
First BritBox is owned by two British TV companies the BBC and ITV and they have strong agreements in place in a variety of countries that restrict access to their content. In Australia the broadcasters that currently have the rights to stream BritBox’s content are Foxtel and ABC.
Second Australia’s broadcasting and digital media laws are much different than in the US. This means that the rights to any content including the content within the BritBox catalog have to be negotiated country-by-country before it can be released.
Lastly the streaming services available in Australia are run by companies such as Stan Foxtel Now and Amazon Prime Video. These companies have exclusive rights to stream certain content making it difficult for BritBox to move into the Australian market.
Unfortunately these factors make it unlikely that BritBox will be released in Australia in the near future. However subscribers to the service will have access to exclusive content from the BBC and ITV as well as a variety of other shows and movies.
How to Sign Up for BritBox in Australia
Unfortunately at the time of writing BritBox is not yet available in Australia. However there are still ways to access the content on this streaming platform. Here we present some options.
One way to access BritBox in Australia is by using a virtual private network (VPN). By using a VPN you can access the content from anywhere in the world including Australia. The process for setting up a VPN is relatively simple and can be done by anyone.
Another option is using a Smart DNS service which is a similar service to a VPN. This allows you to access websites from another country without actually having to be in that country. You can then use this service to access the content on BritBox no matter where you are.
The final option is to use a dedicated web browser such as Tor or Firefox. These browsers have specific settings that allow you to access websites from countries different than your own. This is often the easiest and most straightforward way to access BritBox in Australia.
All of the above methods are a great way to get access to the streaming content available on BritBox regardless of where you live. So if you’re an Australian who wants to access all of the great content on BritBox these are the ways you can do it.
Alternatives to BritBox Available in Australia
Unfortunately BritBox is not currently available in Australia. However there are a number of similarly-priced streaming services available Down Under.
For fans of British and other European shows Acorn TV is a great choice. The service offers British and Irish TV shows as well as shows from Canada and Australia for an affordable monthly fee. While the selection of titles is not as large as BritBox Acorn TV definitely holds its own with a great selection of British comedies and dramas.
Another option is NOW TV which is owned by Sky in the UK and broadcasts over 200 channels of premium content. The service is made up of two parts – a pay-as-you-go Pass which allows access to movies TV shows and sports and a monthly Pass which offers box sets kids shows and more. The variety of content available on NOW TV is definitely worth considering.
Finally the recently-launched Binge from Foxtel is a strong contender. The service offers a large selection of TV shows and movies from the US UK and beyond for an affordable monthly fee. Binge offers exclusive access to Foxtel’s massive back catalogue making it an attractive alternative to BritBox for Australian viewers.
No matter which streaming service you choose you’re sure to find something to keep you entertained in Australia.