UKTV Play launches on Roku and NOW TV devices
James R | On 22, Feb 2018
UKTV Play is now available on Roku and NOW devices.
The catch-up app from UKTV hosts shows from the broadcaster’s network of channels, including Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama, featuring thousands of hours from its extensive archive.
Part of that library is a growing line-up of UKTV originals, 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.
Roku and NOW devices (powered by Roku) can now stream 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. The UKTV Play app will be automatically downloaded on NOW Boxes and NOW Smart Sticks purchased from tomorrow and it can be downloaded from the App Store today for viewers who already own a NOW streaming device. Roku users can add UKTV Play from the Film & TV category in the Roku Channel Store.
Richard Williams, General Manager, UKTV Play says: “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 and Roku in 2018 and beyond.”
Gidon Katz, Managing Director, NOW adds: “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 comments: “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.”
The app’s expanded reach follows a record-breaking year in 2017 when UKTV Play racked up 100 million views for the first time ever. 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 on-demand across a range of TV platforms, including, Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview, YouView and Amazon Fire TV.