Monday 15 April 2019
Following the news that UKTV is investing in AI to enhance user experience on its video on demand service UKTV Play, the multi-channel broadcaster has now introduced live streaming.
From today, viewers will be able to watch Dave, Drama, Yesterday, Really and Home, live on the UKTV Play website. The channel streams will also be available on UKTV Play's mobile and TV apps in the coming months.
Tom Davidson, general manager for UKTV Play said:
The introduction of simulcast on UKTV Play is another exciting and important part of our strategy. The live streaming functionality seamlessly ties together the worlds of video on demand and live TV and provides viewers with a host of new benefits.
Detailed programme information is on offer during a live stream on UKTV Play and viewers can jump straight in to on demand episodes once a show has finished. Personalised recommendations for similar shows will also be surfaced.
Upcoming programme highlights across UKTV's network this month include a slew of new and exclusive UKTV Originals: dramatic documentary series Hurricane Man (Sundays, 7pm on Dave), Yesterday's charming car auctioning show, Bangers and Cash (starts Thursday 18th April, 8pm) and a brand-new series of the hugely popular Cops UK: Bodycam Squad (Monday's at 8pm on Really from 29th April).
In January, UKTV Play had its best month ever. It had 15.3m views, +25% year-on-year, and it reached a major milestone by exceeding 2m registered users.
UKTV Play's live streams are being provided by Simplestream, leaders in live, live-2-vod and on demand OTT services.
For more information, please contact:
Ali Laurie, Network Communications Executive, UKTV
Notes to editors:
UKTV Play figures include third party broadcasters and UKTV's own platform data.
About UKTV Play:
UKTV Play is an on demand TV service providing instant access to shows from UKTV channels Dave, Drama, Really, Yesterday and Home.
With the easy-to-use UKTV Play app you can browse and stream hundreds of shows for free via your computer, tablet or smart phone.
You can also watch on the telly, thanks to Freeview, YouView, Amazon, NOW TV, Roku, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. If you're a Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV or TalkTalk TV customer, shows from other great UKTV channels - Gold, W, Alibi, Good Food, Home and Eden - are also on the menu.