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Where to Watch Downton Abbey: How to Stream the Romantic Period Drama Series

Here is the ultimate Downton Abbey streaming guide to help get you excited for the new movie!

WHERE TO WATCH DOWNTON ABBEY:

To help you find all the ways you can currently watch Downton Abbey, we’ve compiled a list of how to stream Downton Abbey, where to watch it for free, where to watch the film, and more!

FIRST, LET’S GET DOWN TO BUSINESS: IS DOWNTON ABBEY ON NETFLIX?

The Crawley sisters of Downton Abbey
Where to Watch Downton Abbey. The photo is of the Crawley sisters. Photo: ITV

Good news, Downton Abbey is currently streaming on Netflix, the most popular streaming service based on subscription numbers – making the show more accessible than ever before to binge-watch.

To find out all the other ways to watch, scroll down for the complete list.

THE DOWNTON ABBEY PHENOMENON

Lady Mary and Matthew in Downton Abbey
Matthew and Mary in Downton Abbey. Photo: ITV

Ever since Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey first premiered in 2010 on ITV and PBS’s MASTERPIECE in January 2011, the British period drama series has become a pop culture phenomenon worldwide. The series aired for six seasons and had a successful movie with a theatrical release in 2019, with another original film set to premiere in 2022.

With its popularity continuing for over a decade and rising, now is the perfect time to either watch Downton Abbey for the first time (and see what you’ve been missing!) or to re-watch what is a comforting series in these difficult times -especially before Downton Abbey 2 premieres in theaters on March 18, 2022.

The manners, the costumes, the swoony romances, the award-worthy performances, addictive storytelling with solid scripts, the sets (most notably the now recognizable Highclere Castle), and more, all make Downton Abbey one of the best series of the 21st century – helping to catapult the period drama genre into the mainstream.

Oh, and let’s not forget Lady Violet’s (Maggie Smith) hilarious one-liners.

THE STORY

The Downton Abbey cast with Highclere castle in the background
Photo: ITV

If you’re one of the few who hasn’t seen Downton Abbey yet, the series follows an ensemble group of characters living inside the Downton property in early 20th century England.

Downton Abbey starts in 1912 with the disastrous sinking of the Titanic (never a dull moment on this show) – leaving the Downton estate without a male heir after the presumed one tragically dies.

The series then follows the lives of the Crawley family and their domestic servants in an upstairs/downstairs way as they all discover that the Crawley’s distant (and very handsome) cousin they’ve never met is the new heir. Romance, conflict, tragedy, comedy, and all sorts of compelling stories ensue.

The story begins in 1912, but time passes quickly, with the first movie taking place in 1927.

Sound awesome? Well, here is how to stream Downton Abbey. Enjoy the show.

NOTE: Availability is as of October 4, 2021, in the United States and is subject to change at any time.


WHERE TO WATCH DOWNTON ABBEY: HOW TO STREAM THE ROMANTIC PERIOD DRAMA SERIES


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AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you already have full access to the Prime Video library, which currently includes the entire Downton Abbey series.

Besides having access to numerous period dramas on Amazon Prime Video (like Poldark and Victoria), you can also use their fast and free delivery service, get some free books, listen to ad-free music, and more.

If you’re not a member yet, you can try their 30-day free trial. After that, it’s $12.99/month.

BRITBOX – GET THE EXCLUSIVE EXTRAS

The best part about choosing Britbox (besides all the other addictive and fabulous period dramas available to watch after Downton) is all the show’s extras and behind-the-scenes footage. It is exclusive to Britbox (and Britbox Amazon Channel), making them the perfect choice to stream Downton Abbey.

Britbox has a free 7-day trial. After that, the service costs $6.99/month or $69.99/year.

BRITBOX AMAZON CHANNEL

If you don’t want to access Britbox through their app, you also pay a monthly fee for the Britbox Amazon Channel, gaining access to numerous British dramas and comedies from the Amazon Prime streaming service.

PBS PASSPORT – BECOME A MEMBER OF YOUR LOCAL PBS STATION

To watch all six seasons of Downton Abbey, you can become a member of PBS Passport, the online streaming service of PBS. Now, it works a little differently than a regular streaming service because instead of just subscribing, you need to set up a monthly donation (minimum of $5/month) that works as a donation you can list on your taxes.

The service is available on your phones, your computers, and smart TVs.

Besides Downton Abbey, there is other great content – including other romantic period dramas like Sanditon and All Creatures Great and Small. If you’re a fan of PBS’s MASTERPIECE, you even get to stream episodes early before they release on live TV each week.

PEACOCK TV – WATCH DOWNTON ABBEY FOR FREE

You can stream all episodes of Downton Abbey for free on Peacock! All you need to do is sign up for an account with an email address. Downton Abbey is also available on Peacock Premium (for a fee) if you want access to other Peacock content without ads.

WHERE TO BUY DOWNTON ABBEY ON DIGITAL STREAMING

If you love the series and would prefer to buy it on Digital rather than depend on a streaming service that changes availability daily, you can currently buy the series here:

WHERE TO WATCH THE DOWNTON ABBEY MOVIE

The first Downton Abbey feature film (2019) is available to stream by renting or buying the movie on Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Redbox, and DIRECTV.

The movie was recently available to stream on HBO MAX but is no longer. So, it may show up on another streaming service soon.

BUY DOWNTON ABBEY ON DVD & BLU-RAY

Want to own a physical copy for your collection? You can buy the show season by season or purchase the complete series. You can buy the movie separately or as part of a collection. Check out the photo links below (affiliate links).

DVDDOWNTON ABBEY: COMPLETE SERIES

BLU-RAYDOWNTON ABBEY: COMPLETE SERIES

DVD – DOWNTON ABBEYTHE MOTION PICTURE

BLU-RAY DOWNTON ABBEY – THE MOTION PICTURE

DOWNTON ABBEY: COMPLETE COLLECTION – INCLUDING THE MOVIE (DVD)

What are your thoughts on Downton Abbey? Do you love it as much as we do? Are you excited about the movie sequel? Let us know in the comments below!


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By on October 4th, 2021

About Amber Topping

Amber works as a blogger/writer full-time and fell in love with stories and imagination at an early age. She has a Humanities and Film Degree from BYU, co-created The Silver Petticoat Review, contributed as a writer to various magazines, and has an MS in Publishing from Pace University, where she received the Publishing Award of Excellence and wrote her thesis on transmedia, Jane Austen, and the romance genre. Her ultimate dreams are publishing books, writing and producing movies, traveling around the world, and forming a creative village of talented storytellers trying to change the world through art.

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