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Back in July, Amazon ran a channel sale for Prime Day – and it looks like they've brought it back for the Black Friday weekend (with a few changes to the selections offered). Below, we've included the full list of channels on sale, along with our recommendations for British TV fans. Happy watching!
Important notes: The sale runs through December 2nd, and deals are only open to first-time subscribers for the channel in question. For example, if you subscribed to BritBox via Amazon once before, you won't be able to get that deal – but you'll still be eligible to get the one for PBS Masterpiece or Sundance Now if you haven't signed up for those previously.
Black Friday Amazon Channel Sale
If you've been waiting to try out some of the channels over at Amazon, now's the time. They're currently having a half-off sale on a number of channels. It's not half-off forever, but you'll get the reduced price for the first three months of your subscription.It's worth noting these deals are only for new subscribers.
I've included all the channels below, but after that I'll talk you through the ones that might be of interest to British TV fans.
- BritBox – $3.49
- PBS Masterpiece – $2.49
- Sundance Now – $3.49
- CBS All Access (commercial-free plan) – $4.99
- Noggin – $3.99
- Boomerang – $2.49
- NickHits – $3.99
- Shudder – $2.49
- MotorTrend On Demand – $2.49
- MTV Hits – $2.99
- PBS Living – $1.49
- PBS Kids – $2.49
- Epix – $2.99
- BET+ – $4.99
- Up Faith & Family – $2.49
- Comedy Central Now –
- Smithsonian Channel+ – $2.49
I doubt anyone here will need an introduction to this channel. BritBox is a joint venture between the BBC and ITV, and they generally have somewhere between 300-400 British programs available at any given time. Their subscription includes a number of British soaps, along with live specials for major events and royal celebrations – and of course, plenty of your standard mystery, drama, comedy, and lifestyle programs. This Christmas, they'll be airing the Gavin & Stacey 10-Year Anniversary Reunion episode, so it's worth it for that alone!
This is the other huge win on this list. In recent years, a number of hit British shows have worked their way onto the PBS Masterpiece channel (and away from more mainstream services like regular Prime Video or Netflix). If you enjoy dramas – particularly period dramas – this is a fantastic subscription to pick up during this limited-time deal. If you're not caught up on Endeavour and Grantchester, you'll be able to see the latest seasons with a PBS Masterpiece subscription.
As much as I hate it when a single network breaks apart their offerings and makes you subscribe to two separate things, I can forgive this one because it's PBS. While PBS Masterpiece focuses on scripted, mostly dramatic programming, PBS Living is all about the documentary and lifestyle programming. Here, you'll find classics like the Great British Baking Show, History Detectives, Travel Detective, and This Old House. Most of the content is American, but there are some fantastic European (including British) travel shows and the quality overall is quite high.
Don't let the name fool you, there's quite a bit of good content on this one. For Anglophiles, we recommend Aerial Britain, Apocalypse: The Second World War, Europe in Chaos, Inside Buckingham Palace, Inside Windsor Castle, Sacred Sites: Ireland, Million Dollar American Princesses: Meghan Markle, The King's Skeleton: Richard III Revealed, Aerial Ireland, Stonehenge Empire, World War II: Final Days, Britain in Colour, David Attenborough's Conquest of the Skies, and Flying Monsters with David Attenborough. We've no doubt missed some good ones, but that should get you started.
We've talked about British shows on Sundance Now before, as they have quite a few great British shows and a good number of Australian ones, too. If you want to watch The Split, McMafia, Riviera, or Disccovery of Witches, this is the service you'll want. While most of their content is American, it's also a great source of documentaries and indie/artsy films if you enjoy those. While it's not necessarily worth an “all the time” subscription for most British TV fans, it can be a great value if you also appreciate the non-British content.
While Starz is far from exclusively British, they do have some shows that are very popular among British TV fans (though not necessarily British productions in all cases). Outlander, The Spanish Princess, Black Sails, and The White Queen are all available on Stars.
What's Your Favourite British TV Channel from the Sale?
For us, it's BritBox – though since we've already subscribed to BritBox via Amazon, we're not eligible for the deal. At the sale price, however, virtually any of the channels are worth it for one or two good winter months of binge-watching.