The STV Player has announced a significant increase in content for Q4 2020 – with over 250 hours of new drama, sport, true crime and lifestyle programming being added to the free UK-wide service this autumn.
STV’s VOD offering – which is the exclusive home of the Channel 3 network schedule in Scotland and offers a wide variety of Player-only programming to viewers across the UK – has ordered a wealth of new content from distribution partners DCD Rights, Fred Media, Inverleigh and Broken Arrow.
Under the new deals, STV Player will offer dramas East West 101, Striking Out and Devil’s Dust to a line-up which includes Catching Milat, The Bridge and Janet King. The catch-up window on network content has also been extended, meaning dramas like Des and Honour will be available on the Player for longer.
STV is also adding 140 hours of new sport to the Player as part of the latest catalogue expansion. Weekly football analysis shows Life’s a Pitch and The Football Review lead the new additions, alongside Garage Dreams, The Racing Years and Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman.
In total, the STV Player now offers over 1,750 hours of exclusive content with seven live channels. The new additions follow a year of accelerated digital growth for STV, with online streams up 66% year-on-year, and the number of minutes watched rising from 719m to 1.32bn – an 84% year-on-year increase.
2020 has also seen STV Player being launched UK-wide on Freeview Play, Virgin Media and YouView, making it automatically available in around half of the UK’s 42 million internet-enabled TV devices.
Says Richard Williams, Managing Director of Digital at STV:
“It’s been a truly landmark year for the STV Player in which we’ve not only seen a surge in viewers watching the fantastic network content on offer, but also a rapidly increasing number of viewers from across the UK enjoying our diverse selection of Player-exclusive content.
“Our focus on bolstering our Player-only offering is being well-received by viewers – and with 1,750 hours of content now more easily accessible than ever, we hope they will continue to make STV Player their go-to destination for free on-demand TV from around the world.”
The STV Player app is available on web, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Kindle tablets, Freeview Play, Apple TV, YouView, Samsung, Freesat, Fire TV, Virgin Media, Sky+, Sky Q and Sky Go, Roku, Now TV, and via Chromecast.