From today, Thursday 4 February, Freeview Play users within STV’s licence areas can access all STV catch-up programmes for free on their Freeview Play ready set-top boxes or TV sets. STV favourites such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The Jonathan Ross Show will be available to view for up to 30 days after broadcast, while STV News at Six and Scotland Tonight bring viewers all the latest news and current affairs.
Freeview Play also provides viewers in Scotland with catch-up TV from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, on-demand services and live television, bringing the ability to watch what you want, when you want, as easily as possible, to the mass market. The service is free from subscription and works with all existing broadband services.
Bobby Hain, Director of Channels at STV, said: “We are thrilled that the STV Player is now available on Freeview Play. This deal continues to enhance our multi-platform presence and offers viewers yet another way to watch their favourite STV programmes free of charge, anytime they choose to.”
Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview, said: “We believe that Freeview Play is set to become the new normal way of watching TV and it’s great news that the STV Player has been added to the service, allowing even more viewers the freedom to choose what they watch and when they watch it.”
The STV Player is now available on 13 platforms, including iPhones and iPads, Android tablets and smartphones, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Samsung Smart TVs, YouView set-top boxes, Xbox 360 consoles, Amazon Fire TV and via player.stv.tv.
For further information, please contact:
0141 300 3830
0141 300 3416
020 7269 0844
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About STV Player
STV's popular catch-up service, STV Player, allows users to catch up with their favourite STV programmes free of charge.
STV favourites such as Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The Jonathan Ross Show are available to view free of charge for up to 30 days. Viewers can also catch up on the latest news and discussions with STV News at Six and Scotland Tonight, and watch favourites from the STV archive including top dramas Taggart and Rebus.
STV Player is available on a wide range of platforms, allowing viewers within the STV licence areas of Scotland to watch STV programmes on the web, YouView, iOS tablets and smartphones, Android tablets and smartphones, Kindle tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox 360, Windows 8 tablets and PCs, and Samsung Smart TV.
Launched in 2002, Freeview is a subscription-free TV service providing over 60 TV channels, up to 12 HD channels and over 25 radio stations. The service is delivered through the aerial and is subscription-free.
Freeview recently launched its new connected TV new service, Freeview Play, which enables viewers to watch what they want, when they want, in a simple way. The service is free from subscription and works with all existing broadband services.
Freeview is managed by DTV Services Ltd, a company owned and run by its five shareholders: BBC, Sky, Channel 4, ITV and Arqiva.
Technical development of Freeview Play, including product specification, is being led by Digital UK.