ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 today announced they have struck licensing deals with live streaming platform TVPlayer to simulcast the broadcasters’ free to air channels across a full range of devices including desktops, mobiles, tablets, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and ROKU.
The agreement sees TVPlayer licensing the Public Service Broadcasters’ free to air channels for the first time, with the channels ITV 1, ITV 2, ITV 3, ITV 4, ITV Be, CITV, Channel 4, More4, 4Seven, Channel 5, 5STAR and Spike available on the platform this summer.
The deal was negotiated by Dan Finch at TVPlayer and Neale Dennett, Director, Pay, Content and Packages at ITV, Carl Pfeiffer, Head of Distribution at Channel 4 and James Tatam, Director of Digital Media & Commercial Development at Channel 5.
In addition to live streaming over wired internet and WiFi, TVPlayer has also licensed 3G and 4G rights for all channels.
TVPlayer, with over one million viewers per month, is a popular online TV platform which streams live TV across multiple devices from some of the UK’s most notable free-to-air broadcasters and Pay-TV channels. Following this deal, TVPlayer will offer over 100 channels spanning Entertainment, Sport, Kids, News, Music and Lifestyle.
Adam Smith, Founder of TVPlayer, said: “This is a significant move for the growth of our platform. Adding the UK’s key commercial broadcasters to our growing portfolio is a major benefit to our viewers as TVPlayer provides some of the UK’s best channels in one app.
“Through our growing platform, broadcasters not only enjoy direct access to a younger demographic, they are also able to reach even wider audiences”
A spokesperson for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 said: “We welcome legal innovation in the channel distribution landscape and are pleased to licence our linear channels for streaming on TVPlayer.”
Notes to Editors
TVPlayer has also licensed E4 and Film 4 from Channel 4 to launch on TVPlayer at a later date
Some programme content may be unavailable due to rights restrictions
TVPlayer is an online TV platform that streams live TV across multiple devices from the UK’s most popular free-to-air and pay broadcasters. TVPlayer is one of the fastest growing platforms in the UK with over 3m downloads, offering over 100 channels to over 1m unique users per month.
TVPlayer Plus is an award winning, low cost pay TV service offering top channels from Discovery Networks, UKTV, A+E Networks UK, Viacom, Turner Broadcasting, National Geographic Channel Europe & Sony Pictures Television Networks for only £4.99 per month, without a contract.
TVPlayer is backed by a group of investors including Beringea, a venture and growth capital investor in high growth businesses, with £450m ($600m) under management and YOLO Leisure & Technology plc, an AIM listed investment company focussing on digital media and tech investments.