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Britbox BBC ITV and more 

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Like everyone I had wondered what exactly was on Britbox that was worth remembering. When I started the month’s free trial I found things I had never watched for a variety of reasons and now with more hours in the day as you cannot go to the cinema or the pub or in my case to my favourite music gigs I started delving into its content.

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While I had originally watched some of the later series of Downton Abbey those I did watch were only via my video recorder as all commercial channels are a ‘No No’ for me to watch live. I started with series one which were slightly shorter than later series at only around 45 minutes when there are no adverts to cut out. Certainly at the time of initial broadcast I would not have had HD or a large screen TV both the sets and scenery were amazing and Dame Maggie Smith always stole the show – that’s my style of humour. I admit I watched all six in series one in a single day.  

You can download an App from either the IOS or Android store and finding anything on the PC is simple and quick. The same is not true on my Smart TV the App download is quick and easy but the display is longer than the screen so you have to find a way to scroll down and selecting a series or episode is always at the bottom left edge and moving forward to the point last watched does not always register when you re-join to continue watching. This is maybe a problem with my TV but as these were mainly TV programs they look great in HD on a large screen. So while I might do the delving on a PC I watch after a few ‘expletives’ on my TV.

I know ITV3 are currently showing Midsomer Murders, A Touch Of Frost and Foyles War all series I watched at the time and worthy of a second look. The problems of watching on ITV3 is no HD and of course the adverts, so once again I call on my video recorder so I can quickly pass the adverts and often they are scheduled late at night. The other bugbear with Midsomer Murders is that they are not shown is series order so swapping between both Barnaby’s, all these are reasons you might splash out £5.99 a month, there is no fixed length contract.

The initial adverts for Britbox included the tag line ‘two previously never broadcast episodes of Midsomer Murders’ that is no longer the case I am told they were the two from the last series.

In the case of A Touch of Frost most of these were in the earlier screen shape and so you do get borders to the screen and of course these were never shot in HD. However anything with David Jason and decent script writers is worth rewatching if only for his sarcasm.

There are some films available, so far I have not watched/rewatched any BBC series but there are still a couple of weeks of my trial to go before I decide if it’s worth £5.99 a month.

For me the big plus is no adverts and the chance to watch in HD, great for period shows even if they were set in times that I remember first time round.

www.britbox.co.uk for details.

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