February 22nd 2018
UKTV has announced that from today, the free, TV on demand service UKTV Play will be available on NOW TV devices and Roku(R) streaming players.
The UKTV Play app hosts shows from UKTV channels Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama including exclusive UKTV Originals and thousands of hours from the network's extensive archive.
NOW TV and Roku users will now have easy access to UKTV's top boxsets, from the multi-award winning Taskmaster, to Yianni: Supercar Customiser with YouTube sensation Yianni Charalambous, and Most Haunted for all the paranormal fans out there.
They can watch exclusive preview episodes from the new series of Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit and Cop Car Workshop, a brand new UKTV Original documentary series featuring behind-the-scenes access to one of Britain's leading police car workshops. Preview episodes from both shows will be available on UKTV play a week ahead of transmission on TV, on Dave.
The UKTV Play app will be automatically downloaded on NOW TV Boxes and NOW TV Smart Sticks purchased from Friday and it can be downloaded from the App Store for viewers who already own a NOW TV streaming device. Roku users can add UKTV Play from the Film & TV category in the Roku Channel Store.
Richard Williams, General Manager, UKTV Play said: "We're always striving to give viewers easy access to the shows they love and want, on as many platforms as possible. UKTV Play offers instant access to so many brilliant programmes and with four brand new UKTV Original shows recently announced - Judge Romesh, Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier, Inside The Vets and Cop Car Workshop - and even more in the pipeline, viewers will have plenty of new shows to watch on NOW TV and Roku in 2018 and beyond.
Following a record-breaking year in 2017 when we had 100 million views for the first time ever, this is another step forward for UKTV Play and we hope viewers enjoy having new access to UKTV shows on-demand, on the NOW TV and Roku platforms.
Gidon Katz, Managing Director, NOW TV said: "When it comes to great TV, we know choice and flexibility matters, so we're really excited to be welcoming the free UKTV Play app onto our family of streaming devices. Let the binging on Taskmaster and Most Haunted commence!"
Ingo Reese, Director Content Distribution at Roku commented: "Our aim is to provide our users with the best possible content line-up and easy access to the shows they love. With UKTV Play launching on Roku streaming players, we add another great option to our free-to-watch offering with top-notch content."
UKTV Play has grown consistently year-on-year since launching in 2014 and the service continues to prove popular. Last year, it was the company's fastest growing brand with direct-to-consumer views up 75% compared with 2016. As well as the direct-to-consumer app which is available on computers, laptops, tablets and phones, viewers can tune in to UKTV shows whenever they like on an extensive range of TV platforms, including, Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, YouView and Amazon Fire TV.
Ali Laurie | UKTV
Claire Barson | NOW TV | Claire.email@example.com
About UKTV Play
UKTV Play is an on demand TV service providing instant access to shows from UKTV channels Dave, Drama, Really and Yesterday.
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. It has never been easier to watch the things you love most, so download the app and delve in.
You can also put your feet up and watch on the telly, thanks to Freeview, YouView, Amazon 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.
About NOW TV
NOW TV is a pick and mix TV streaming service that lets you choose from a range of passes contract free.
Available anytime, anywhere in the UK, you can watch through a NOW TV Box or NOW TV Smart Stick, or on the web. The NOW TV app is also available on over 60 devices.
Whether you're into big dramas, blockbuster movies, live sports or even just some extra TV for the kids, NOW TV offers four passes which include the latest and best TV and movies: Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Kids and Sky Sports.
This includes Sky Atlantic, over 300 Box Sets on demand, all 10 Sky Sports channels and over 1,000 movies - all available with no contract.
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