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You can now get UKTV Play through NOW TV and Roku streaming sticks

Thursday, February 22nd 2018 by Mike Whitehead

From today UKTV Play, the free TV on demand service, is available across all NOW TV and Roku streaming devices.

It’s fair to say, as far as programme viewing goes, we’ve never had it so good. Not only are there far more channels than ever before, there are also so many platforms to watch them on. Most importantly, with the growth of ‘on demand’ technology, we also get to decide when we watch.

In addition to the subscription streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon, you also have the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and All 4. A lesser-known member of this list, but one that’s growing in popularity is UKTV Play. As the on-demand platform for shows from all UKTV channels – including Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama – the UKTV Play app has grown consistently year-on-year since its launch in 2014.

Traditionally available to use as a standalone app for use on computers, phones and tablets, the service will now be available for all NOW TV and Roku users. The UKTV Play app will be automatically downloaded on any NOW TV box or smart sticks purchased from tomorrow (Friday 23 February). Existing customers can download the app from the App Store. Roku users can add the service from the Film & TV category in the Roku Channel Store.

Binge on box sets including Taskmaster

All you lucky NOW TV and Roku users will now be able to sit back and binge on a whole host of top box sets including the award-winning Taskmaster, hosted by Greg Davies alongside show creator Alex Horne. Fans of the show will be pleased to hear four new series have just been commissioned and will begin airing later in the spring.

You can also watch Yianni: Supercar Customiser and, for fans of the paranormal, you can binge from behind the sofa while watching Most Haunted. There are also exclusive preview episodes coming up for Dara Ó Briain’s new Go 8 Bit and a brand new documentary series called Cop Car Workshop, with behind-the-scenes access to what goes on in one of Britain’s busiest police car workshops. These preview shows will be shown on UKTV Play a week before transmission on Dave.

2017 was a record-breaking year for UKTV Play as it broke through the 100 million views barrier for the first time in its history. With the new access for all NOW TV and Roku users it will hope to see a continued rise in its audience throughout 2018.

To become a NOW TV customer you can choose either a 14-day free trial or purchase a TV pass. The passes for entertainment (£7.99), cinema (£9.99) and kids (£2.99) are all priced per month and will continue to be collected monthly until you cancel them. Alternatively, you can get them all for £20.97 a month and cancel individual passes if you wish. The passes for Sky Sports are available for a day (£7.99), a week (£12.99) or a month (£33.99).

For Roku, you simply pay an upfront fee of £29.99 for the streaming device. You will only pay extra for any subscription channels you want to watch (such as Netflix). All the free channels are exactly that – free.

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