STV Player Adds Free Drama, Sports And Lifestyle Programmes

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STV Player, the on-demand video streaming service of the popular Scottish broadcaster STV, is getting an influx of new content this autumn, from drama and true crime to sports and lifestyle.

STV Player is available UK-wide (except for their “Channel 3 Network” which is only available in Scotland), and is free – with adverts.

The service works on a variety of devices – from Freeview Play boxes and Freesat boxes to streaming devices like the Roku and Amazon Fire TV Stick, mobile phones, directly on web browsers, and more.

STV Player freeview play app

As part of several new content deals, STV Player is bringing in more high-end drama from around the world, including:

  • All three series of multi AACTA Award-winning detective drama East West 101 (which will be added in the coming weeks)
  • Two-part thriller Devil’s Dust, which explores the real-life story of social justice campaigner Bernard Banton.
  • Gritty four-parter The Principal.
  • Both series of the Neil Morrissey-starring Irish legal drama Striking Out.
Striking Out
Striking Out (Photo: STV)

These programmes will join the current drama line-up which includes Catching Milat, The Bridge and Janet King.

In addition, A new partnership with Fred Media sees a range of new lifestyle, reality and factual titles being launched, including:

  • True-crime series City of Evil and The Trouble with Murder.
  • Veterinary reality shows from Australia (Bondi Vet), New Zealand (Vet Tales) and the UK (Vet on the Hill).
  • International food series Peter Andre’s Greek Odyssey and Lee Chan’s World Food Tour
  • Hit Australian reality format Tattoo Tales, which offers a unique insight into contemporary Australia from inside the walls of a Sydney tattoo studio.

STV is also adding 140 hours of new sports programmes: Weekly football analysis shows Life’s a Pitch and The Football Review lead the new additions, alongside petrolhead-friendly titles Garage DreamsThe Racing Years and Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman.

The Football Review
The Football Review (Photo: STV)

With 250 new hours of programming, 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.

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