20th October 2015
Taskmaster, Storage Hunters UK and Most Haunted now available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
UKTV today announced the launch of its award-nominated on demand service UKTV Play on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
The UKTV Play app on Amazon Fire TV devices includes a new feature which enables users to create their own bespoke collections via 'My List'. This new function will be rolled out onto other UKTV Play devices in the coming months.
The multi-award winning network which is home to the number one non-PSB channel Dave, launched UKTV Play last summer and has rapidly rolled it out across multiple devices and platforms. Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick join YouView, Virgin TV and BT TV in offering the on demand service, which is also available on iOS, Android and PC.
UKTV Play provides catch up and on demand access to programmes from UKTV's popular free-to-air channels Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama. Content on the service is compiled into intuitive collections featuring programmes from across the network and viewers' favourite stars recommend their choice of shows via dynamic staff and celebrity picks.
UKTV's CEO Darren Childs said,
As UKTV Play passes its first birthday, this launch marks another exciting step in the growth of the service. UKTV continues to invest in its on demand services and in making brilliant, original programming, meaning our viewers can watch their favourite UKTV shows such as Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish and Taskmaster anytime, anywhere. UKTV is attracting more viewers than ever before and now Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick users can also enjoy the extensive range of programming UKTV Play has to offer.
Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Appstore said
UKTV Play is another great addition to the Amazon Fire TV platform. With Fire TV, we're building a world-class open ecosystem that delivers access to the best catch up and on demand TV services, and UKTV Play will enable our customers to enjoy even more high quality and original British programming than ever before.
New content added to the service in August, including the UK premiere of hit US show Last Man on Earth, series five of the hugely popular Suits and brand new comedy panel show Taskmaster, drove a 92% increase in Dave VOD views on PC, mobile devices and Youview. The boost contributed to UKTV Play's most successful month ever across those platforms.
From today, UKTV Play is available as a free app in the Apps section of Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV stick.
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UKTV is the multi-award winning media company that reaches 42 million viewers a month.
UKTV's eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, Watch, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food - include the most popular non-PSB channel in the UK and account for 9% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £283m and EBITDA of £74.1m. It invested £123m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity.
UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Amazon Fire & Fire TV Stick and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.
Now celebrating its 22nd year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British television broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.
About UKTV Play
UKTV Play is the on demand TV service that lets you watch shows from Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama whether you're on the bus, at work (we won't tell) or on the sofa. Among the gems on offer are Storage Hunters, Suits, Crackanory, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Taskmaster, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Ghost Adventures, Most Haunted and Forbidden History, so it's never been easier to fill your boots with great stuff from UKTV. You can get UKTV Play on PC and Mac and there's also an app for iPhone and iPad. Or you can put your feet up and watch on the telly, thanks to Virgin TV, YouView, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. If you're an M+ subscriber on Virgin Media or BT TV customer, shows from other great UKTV channels - Gold, Watch, Alibi, Good Food, Home and Eden - are on the menu as well.