ITV has announced the official launch date of its new, free streaming platform ITVX.

Replacing ITV Hub as the online home of all ITV content,  ITVX will also include new and exclusive programmes.

At launch, viewers will have access to over 10,000 hours of content in high definition, and ITVX will also drop new and exclusive programmes every week of the year.

The full range of ITV drama past and present will go on the service, as well as  documentaries, cult classics and “hundreds of blockbuster films” which will all stream for free from Thursday 8th December.

All ITV’s channels will be available to livestream through ITVX, as well as additional themed channels and a dedicated news section on ITVX.

ITV’s Chief Executive, Carolyn McCall said: “We’re really excited to launch ITVX, with more content available than ever before, and a whole range of exclusive commissions. ITVX is powered by a significant, streaming-first commissioning budget, and an integrated technology and data platform providing a high quality, and more personalised viewing and advertising experience, that will continue to evolve in 2023 and beyond.”

ITVX Commissions

ITVX will premiere a collection of new dramas on 8th December, which will only be available for free on the streamer. ITVX’s inaugural commissions which will be available on launch day include six-part cold war drama A Spy Among Friends starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce,  new teen drama Tell Me Everything,  period drama The Confessions of Frannie Langton starring Karla-Simone Spence, Sophie Cookson and Patrick Martins and Plebs: Soldiers of Rome, the feature-length special finale to the popular comedy series.

At least one flagship show will then launch on ITVX per week going forward. Litvinenko starring David Tennant and Mark Bonnar will launch on Thursday 15th December, and high stakes family drama Riches starring Deborah Ayorinde and Hugh Quarshie will launch on 22nd December alongside landmark natural history documentary A Year on Planet Earth, presented by Stephen Fry.  Four-part thriller Without Sin starring Vicky McClure and new game show Loaded in Paradise will launch on 28th December. Nolly, Russell T Davies’ upcoming drama on Crossroads’ Noele Gordon, will launch in early 2023.

In addition to the series premiering and streaming exclusively on ITVX, the service will also be launching full series of upcoming flagship ITV shows on their first day of broadcast. Early examples will include real life drama Stonehouse starring Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes and the new series of Unforgotten which will be made available in early 2023. These series are in addition to the library of over 200 both recent and classic US and UK dramas, comedies and reality shows that will be available to users.

On 8th December ITVX will launch with over 250 feature films, with a thousand films to be made available to stream each year. Films available at launch will include the Back to the Future trilogy, the Despicable Me trilogy, Wonder Woman and many more. The full Fast and Furious series of films will be launched in 2023.

ITVX will launch with an array of documentaries including the breathtaking natural history documentary A Year On Planet Earth, which draws on dramatic stories from all corners of the globe.

ITVX will also feature a dedicated true crime collection including Monster in My Family, which delves into the lives of serial killers. The Case Against Cosby – a premium documentary exposing new truths about accusations against the comedian will follow in 2023.

ITVX factual commissions Rolf Harris: Hiding in Plain Sight (w/t), The Rise and Fall of Boris Becker (w/t) and A Murder in the Family will also launch in 2023.

There will also be a “robust” science fiction and fantasy offering ranging from classics including Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Terrahawks, Joe 90, Stingray, Space 199 and UFO, to the likes of Supernatural, The 100 and Nikita, and classics in the making including Astrid & Lilly Save the World and Korean-American hit series Dramaworld.

Viewers can expect to see a dedicated rail featuring the most significant and interesting news stories, updated throughout the day, some in bitesize easily digestible video and other longer more in-depth reports of news from ITV’s bulletins, and in the morning, GMB. ITVX will work in tandem with the ITV News website and ITV News social pages, with a range of reporters and presenters delivering new content daily, in the latest expansion of ITV’s award-winning journalism offering.

Jon Creamer

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