If you are a fan of BBC shows, don’t rely on Netflix as your way to consume your favorite Brit shows. The CEO of Discovery has confirmed that the popular network for news and comedy will be leaving the streaming giant when they contract expires. Luckily, there are many ways you can consume BBC. Some you may not have even heard of before. So, let’s take a look at how you can watch BBC shows without cable or Netflix.
How to Watch BBC on Acorn TV
There are two primary outlets that have the majority of rights to British-related content. Acorn TV boasts hours of original British television content including:
- 800 Words
- Inspector George Gently
- Love, Lies, and Records
- The Commander
- The Syndicate
On top of having some of the newest and older BBC content, Acorn TV carries programming all across the United Kingdom and beyond.
You can expect to find television and movies from production houses in:
- New Zealand
If you are fan of the dry wit and honest reporting that comes with United Kingdom television, then you might find Acorn TV to be the best deal. After you complete your seven-week trial, a monthly subscription to Acorn TV is just $5.99.
How to Watch BBC on BritBox
The biggest competition for Acorn TV would undoubtedly be BritBox. This streaming service is primarily made up of content from BBC and ITV. However, you can find some other hidden British gems in there as well, With that being said, BritBox is the most robust vault of BBC content you will find.
Some of the classic and current BBC shows you will find on BritBox include:
- Keeping Up with Appearances
- The Last Summer of Wine
- As Time Goes By
- The Vicar of Dibley
- Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
While the content on BritBox is mostly centered around two stations in BBC and ITV, it still has more on-demand content than Acorn TV. That’s why this service is $6.99 per month, with a seven-day free trial.
How to Watch BBC on Prime TV
For those who have more varied interests that British news and comedy, you might not want to go all-in on a British-based service. Luckily, Prime TV may be of service to you. With your Prime TV subscription, you will find success with a variety of BBC shows including:
- Dr. Who?
- The Blue Planet
- The Missing
- Gavin & Stacey
Of the options, Amazon Prime TV is the most expensive at $12.99 per month after a 30-day free trial. In addition, you can also download Acorn TV and/or BritBox through Prime TV at an added charge.
How to Watch BBC on BBC America
As Netflix is learning by working with out-of-country production houses, the appetite for British drama, comedy, and news is growing. Therefore, many cord-cutting services are carrying the BBC America channel. You may not get access to some or all of the classics but you will get a livestream of current content.
You can sign up for packages that carry BBC America through the following streaming services:
- AT&T Watch TV
- fubo TV
- PlayStation Vue
- Sling Blue
- YouTube TV
Of the aforementioned, fubo TV and Philo would be your cheapest options but you’d also have a limited selection of other channels to fill out your package.