Can You Watch BritBox on Your Smart TV?

For the past 5 years BritBox have been constantly looking for ways to improve access to all the fabulous award-winning British dramas, comedies, films, documentaries as well as their unbeatable box-sets. The number of ways to enjoy all the wonderful entertainment that BritBox has to offer is always expanding. Snuggling up with friends, family or even a night in alone watching good British TV shows on the telly has been a welcome part of life for many Brits, for decades. Having access to the single biggest box-set collection and having new riveting entertainment added each month is considered by many to be just as grand as having high tea and scones with the queen.

So, can you watch BritBox on your Smart TV?

Yes, not only can you watch it on your smart TV, there are now so many other ways to enjoy constant viewing of all that BritBox has to offer. Let’s take a look at the entire list of all the ways you can connect, stream and enjoy all of your favourite British programmes, all in 1 place and without any annoying ad breaks.

Watching on your not-so-smart TV

When using a mobile phone or tablet through Chromecast.

Get the marshmallows ready for toasting and the blankets ready for snuggling as you easily glide through these 6 simple steps to view BritBox on your TV.

1. Connect your Chromecast* device to both a power supply point as well as to the HDMI port on your TV.
2. Ensure that your TV is on the correct HDMI setting.
3. Install both of the Google Home and Britbox app’s on your mobile or tablet.
4. Look for the Chromecast icon on your mobile or tablet and follow the instructions to cast to your desired location.
5. Your TV screen will display when Chromecast has synchronized, and you’ll see that the Chromecast icon is highlighted on your mobile or tablet.
6. Once the connection is established select any show on your mobile phone or tablet and it will appear on your TV.

The variation on this method is that, if you already have Chromecast built into your TV, you won’t need the Google Home app or any other app installed on a separate device such as a mobile or tablet to be able to cast BritBox on your TV.

Watching on your Samsung Smart TV

This is for use on models from 2015 onwards.

After following these 4 simple steps to view BritBox you will be ready to watch the next big thriller long before the microwave pings and the butter popcorn aroma slams your senses.

1. Download the BritBox app onto your Samsung TV and complete the installation process.
2. Open the BritBox app.
3. Follow the prompts to complete your login or registration.
4. Your TV screen will refresh and you’ll be in for all the scary action that BritBox has to offer.

LG Smart TV

This is for use on models from 2016 onwards.

Get ready for a night of escaping into the silver screen with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and your favourite favourites after you follow these 4 simple steps to view BritBox on your LG Smart TV.

1. On your TV, press Home, then select LG Content Store. Search for BritBox and complete the installation process.
2. Open the BritBox app.
3. Follow the prompts from your web browser.
4. Once complete, your TV screen will refresh and you’ll be in the BritBox app, just in time for the popcorn to finish popping.

Apple TV / tvOS

This is for use on Apple TV’s from 4th generation onwards.

For those die-hard Apple fans that love having everything synced; following these 3 simple steps to view BritBox won’t even give you enough time to get the cheese melted on the nacho’s.
1. Open the app store on your Apple TV and download the BritBox app.
2. Complete the sign-up prompts.
3. Once completed, you can load up that guacamole dip and sink into your favourite crime drama.
Sony Bravia TV- This is for use on YouView 2020 models.
The new range on Sony Bravia’s use an Android Operating System and installing BritBox onto these smart TV’s is a synch. Just as soon as you’ve popped the cork on your bottle of Merlot, you will be all set to enjoy BritBox movies in all their wide screen glory.

Simply stream online

Although this won’t be glowing out from the curved, wall-mounted large format TV screen, it does seem to be the simplest way to view all your beloved British programmes, and it’s a compact, portable option. You simply use your web browser to watch directly from the BritBox.com home page. If you have a Wi-Fi connection and a laptop screen, you are all set to laze away the hours of good old comedy classics.

Roku

This is for use on Roku 2 and later versions.

1. Simply download the BritBox app onto your Roku device and you’re good to go.
The biggest decision, after choosing to subscribe through your Roku account or BritBox account, will be deciding whether or not you still want to share the decadent chocolate cake you’ve been saving for your binge-worthy night in.

Google / Android

This is for Android phones & tablets.

While your friends are piling in to watch the next thrilling series episode, you could be racing through 3 simple steps to view BritBox.

1. Download the BritBox app from the Google Play store.
2. Ensure you have signed up for BritBox on the web.
3. Log into your BritBox account and hit the play button as everyone snuggles into place.

Amazon TV Channels/Amazon Prime Video/Fire

After setting up your Amazon TV channel account, you can decide whether you want to access all your best-loved British programming by using your BritBox account or your Amazon account. It’s even easier to do than grabbing the sodas and crisps. Compared to other rivals in the industry, BritBox beats Netflix, NOW TV and Prime Video hands- down when it comes to the size of their box set collection available.

When travelling in the UK, EU, Canada or the USA you won’t have to go without your daily fix of British telly or binge-watching your favourite series.

Whilst it does appear that Britbox is constantly striving to find new devices to bring to fans of typically British films, documentaries and series, there are a few common frequently asked questions so let’s take a look at the answers to those here:

Can I watch Britbox abroad?

You can easily watch abroad if you are in the U.S.A, Canada, but it is also possible to watch from literally anywhere in the world by creating your own secure VPN (virtual private network). A VPN is a secure tunnel between your device and the internet which is encrypted and linked to a location you choose. Any website that you browse will identify the VPN server address as your home location. Subscribers around the world, from Bangkok to Bombay, Perth and Paris, really enjoy getting their daily dose of BritBox using this method.

Can I watch on more than one device?

Yes, you and family members can enjoy unlimited viewing, on up to a maximum of five devices and all at the same time.

How much does it cost?

The beauty of BritBox is that you can sign up on a 30 day free trial which gives you plenty of time to view at no cost while giving you time to assess whether you would like to become a paid subscriber. Most other rivals of BritBox do not provide any kind of free trial period so this appears to be a unique offering. Now, whilst you will find a slight variation based on currency values, these are the current prices. If you subscribe from the USA it will cost $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month. In the UK the cost is 5.99 GPB and in Canada the cost is $8.99 CAD. When looking at all that BritBox offers it seems a reasonable fee.

Why does my BritBox buffer sometimes?

If you have other apps or streaming services that are running smoothly, then it could mean that the server has crashed. This seldom happens but if it does, BritBox have been known to update their subscribers on social media immediately. Although rare, a glitch may occur, so it might be a good idea to follow BritBox on their social media accounts.

Can I watch BritBox on Sky?

There is not yet a distribution deal signed and sealed with Sky but who knows what will happen in time to come.

Do BritBox ever add new shows?

BritBox are constantly updating their content with new and exciting shows and new seasons on beloved series such as Wild Bill, Moving on, There She Goes, Murder, Mystery and My Family and the ever-popular Q. I. All of these and many others have seen brand new seasons launch on BritBox during August 2020.

 

Sources:

 https://help.britbox.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043212953

https://help.britbox.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043298013-How-do-I-install-the-BritBox-app-for-my-streaming-device-or-smart-TV

https://www.iplayerabroad.com/can-i-watch-britbox-abroad/

About S. Santos

Tech columnist and tech blogger, audiovisual aficionado trying to keep up with the ever-evolving world of gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology. If not fiddling with AV cables at home or in front of the computer, he can be found playing tennis or padel.

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