UKTV is bringing its on demand and catch-up service to Freeview Play, the new internet-connected version of the UK’s biggest subscription-free TV platform.
All four channels are owned by CBS Studios International and AMC Networks International – UK and show a library of acquired content, including Judge Judy and Star Trek, alongside some original commissions and co-production.
Launched last year, Freeview Play combines broadcast channels with catch-up content from iPlayer, All4 and ITV Player to ensure TV fans never miss their favourite shows.
The channel is currently part of pay-TV packs from Virgin Media, BT and Sky but from 1 March Freeview and YouView homes will be able to watch its selection of makeover and cookery shows without subscription.
The STV Player app is available to all Freeview Play users within STV’s licence areas and provides access to shows such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The Jonathan Ross Show for up to 30 days after broadcast.
Sky is to launch a new NOW TV set top box which combines its portfolio of contract-free subscription channels with more than 60 free to air live channels, including BBC One and ITV.
LG has become the latest TV maker to back the new internet connected Freeview Play service which combines broadcast TV with on-demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5.