- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Binge-watchers the world over received an early Christmas present Wednesday with Amazon Prime’s announcement that it’s gone global. 

Accessible at PrimeVideo.com, Variety magazine noted Wednesday that the service is now available in “virtually every region of the world,” including “developing” markets. The largest exception, however, is China. The communist country has also proven elusive so far for rival streaming-video service Netflix.

Amazon Prime video is accessible on Android and iOS devices as well as certain smart TVs. As with Netflix, there’s also a download feature to save selections for offline viewing.

Meanwhile two British TV networks announced the forthcoming U.S. launch of their joint video-streaming project, BritBox, DigitalTrends.com reported Wednesday. BritBox also plans to gradually roll out its service to other countries, according to Digital Trends.

“This unique streaming service will celebrate the very best of British TV, and offer the most comprehensive video-on-demand collection of British content in the market today,” BritBox promised in its news release, Digital Trends reported. “For decades, BBC and ITV have produced iconic British television series, and for the first time these shows will be combined in a single, curated service allowing fans to find the classic shows they love and discover new hit series.”

The company did not lay out the pricing for the plan, saying it will do so when the service launches in 2017.

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