UK channel provider UKTV is to expand the reach of its on-demand service UKTV Play by making it available as part of free-to-view DTT platform Freeview’s recently launched on-demand offering Freeview Play.
The UKTV Play app will arrive on Freeview Play devices automatically when it launches later in the second quarter, offering catch-up and on demand access to programmes from UKTV’s popular free-to-air channels Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama. The app includes UKTV Play-exclusive previews of brand new series, and ‘My List’, allowing users to create their own bespoke collection. Viewers can also access catch-up content by scrolling backwards in the EPG.
Users of the service will be able to watch UKTV Originals David Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Storage Hunters UK. UKTV has also handpicked collections of programmes, organised by themes and moods; and TV stars offer their viewing recommendations via celebrity picks. Users can also view their history and use a ‘resume’ playback function.
UKTV Play general manager, Emma Boston, said, “We’re committed to building a world-class on demand service and making it available to as many people as possible, so it’s really exciting to be announcing another big platform launch for UKTV Play. Freeview Play users will have access to a slate of incredible shows coming to the service this year, including Dave’s brand new and exclusive Red Dwarf.”
Freeview managing director, Guy North said: “Since launching Freeview Play last year the service has continued to grow with more broadcasters and manufacturers coming on board. It’s fantastic to be adding UKTV Play to our offering and means we’re bringing viewers even more of the very best television whenever they want it without paying for a subscription.”
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27 November 2020 @ 17:33:07 UTC