Following the launch of ITV’s newest streaming service, here is everything you need to know about ITVX.
– What is it?
The service replaces the ITV Hub brand as the online home of all ITV content as the broadcaster aims to compete with streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon in the digital age.
ITV said the platform offers a “new and improved product experience” for viewers, with all ITVX channels available to livestream through ITVX as well as additional themed channels and a dedicated news section on ITVX.
The platform has been described as the “freshest streaming service” in the UK, with viewers able to stream programmes with adverts for free, ranging from premium dramas, documentaries, US series, comedy and reality shows to blockbuster films.
– How is it different?
It is the first streaming service in the UK to offer viewers the flexibility of accessing free content with ads and ad-free paid subscription all in one place. Paying subscribers will also have access to BritBox UK.
The platform also offers more new shows for free than anywhere else, with over 10,000 hours of free programming available, ITV said.
Following its launch on Thursday, more than 250 films, including the Back To The Future and Despicable Me trilogies, and 200 recent and classic TV series were made available.
New dramas premiered on the service include much-anticipated cold war drama A Spy Among Friends starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce, and feature-length special finale to the popular comedy series Plebs: Soldiers Of Rome.
ITV has also guaranteed new and exclusive programmes to be made available on ITVX every week of the year.
– What to expect?
At least one flagship show will launch on ITVX per week, including screenwriter Russell T Davies’s Nolly, starring Helena Bonham Carter, and drama series Litvinenko, starring David Tennant and Mark Bonnar.
Four-part thriller Without Sin starring Vicky McClure, high stakes family drama Riches starring Deborah Ayorinde and Hugh Quarshie and landmark natural history documentary A Year On Planet Earth presented by Stephen Fry will launch on the channel later.
Complete series of forthcoming ITV shows, including real-life drama Stonehouse starring Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes, as well as the new season of Unforgotten will also be added to the ITVX archive alongside thousands of films, with the Fast And Furious series launching on the channel in 2023.
– How does it compete with other streaming services?
It is an advertiser-funded, free-to-watch streaming service with the option of a subscription tier for ad-free viewing in a bid to satisfy a broad demographic.
The broadcaster said it is premiering much of its new content on ITVX six to nine months before it airs on its traditional TV channels.
The service also hosts the first global British Sign Language (BSL) channel, which only has signed programming and will be regularly updated with new and archive programmes.
The streaming platform will have subtitles for more than 90% of its on-demand programmes. For live TV streamed on ITVX, subtitles will be available to around 80% of viewers.
Subtitles will also be offered on 20 ITVX-themed channels, which give the experience of watching a scheduled channel with curated shows. Meanwhile, ITVX is working on getting access for Freeview, YouView, Freesat and Chromecast customers.