The most frequent question that I receive is where to find these series or movies. The answer is that it depends, and it depends in a big way. It depends on whether you are seeking to stream them, rent them, or buy them, as well as the country where you live.
Streaming is the most commonly asked about method, and is where things get convoluted. The reason is that content is inconsistent across all streaming providers, and by country, which is due to how rights are sold and acquired. If you have a subscription with only one streaming service, you will be limited to the content that they choose to acquire and offer. Another issue with streaming services is that sometimes the content is only offered for a limited period of time, so what might be available now might be gone a few months later.
For my fellow Americans, there are at least four streaming providers which provide some British oriented content, and I actually subscribe to all four. These include include Netflix and Hulu, as well as two British oriented streaming services, Acorn TV and BritBox (which is co-owned by the British networks BBC and ITV). Click on each logo for a link to each.
The following is a summary of other viewing methods, and some helpful or clarifying information about each method.
- Network and Premium Television: For my fellow Americans, some of the movies and series have aired or will air on PBS. As each PBS station is independent, some movies and series are licensed at a local level, and some PBS stations will occasionally re-air some movies and series on their own local schedule. There are some movies and series that have aired on other premium networks, such as HBO, Starz, etc. PBS and these networks also offer on demand viewing capabilities, such as through cable television, apps, etc.
- Purchase on DVD or Blu-ray: Some of the series and movies are available on DVD, and some are also on Blu-ray. Amazon is an obvious place to check for availability for what has been released. Acorn is a distributor of many British television series and movies, and it should be noted that some may only be available directly from Acorn.
- Purchase Digitally: Some of the series and movies are available for purchase digitally from providers such as iTunes, Amazon Video, and Google Play. While some might be reluctant to digitally purchase series or movies, the first advantage is that most are available in high definition (HD), and the second advantage is that some series and movies are quite inexpensive and lower in cost than their DVD alternative.
- Digital Rental or DVD Rental: Some movies and series are available for rental digitally from providers such as Amazon Video and Google Play. Occasionally, I will hear from some individuals who indicate that they are able to get some movies and series from their local library.
Unfortunately, some of these series and movies simply may not yet be available outside of the UK. Sometimes there is a measurable delay before they are released in other countries, such as the USA. In these situations, other than waiting, the only way to view them is to order them on DVD from the UK. Both of these are explained in others frequently asked questions below.