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TVPlayer adds 4 NBCUniversal channels; revamps subscription tiers

UPDATE | Streaming service TVPlayer has added four new channels from NBCUniversal to its premium channel offering.

Universal Channel, the home of shows including NCIS and Law & Order joins science fiction channel Syfy, entertainment news and gossip channel E! and film channel Movies 24 - currently branded "Christmas 24" until early January.

Frank Bowe, chief commercial officer TVPlayer said:
"We are delighted to welcome NBCUniversal International Networks and its leading brands to the TVPlayer platform. With so many top shows available on Universal Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Syfy and Movies 24, TVPlayer subscribers now have even more choice to TV’s top entertainment anytime, anywhere."

The news is the latest of a raft of similar announcements this week from streaming providers as they fight for their share in an increasing competitive market ahead of seasonal peak viewing in the UK.

Meanwhile, TVPlayer has relaunched its premium offering by splitting it into several tiers: for £5.99 a month, viewers can access TVPlayer Plus Lite, which includes the NBCUniversal channels, plus Comedy Central, MTV, History, Discovery and Eurosport.

TVPlayer Plus Max, priced at £7.99 a month, adds all the premium UKTV-operated channels including Gold and W, plus Sony Channel, Viceland, Colors and Rishtey.

Children's channels have been siphoned off to a separate offering, which can be added for £1.99 a month and includes live and catch-up content. Linear channels include Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Boomerang.

Previously, TVPlayer offered a single subscription tier, originally priced at £4.99, which increased to £5.99 at the beginning of 2017. Channel availability varies from device to device due to licensing restrictions.

The streaming service still offers a number of free services, including all major Freeview and Freesat channels, as well as additional pay-per-view services, including ITV Box Office.

A number of viewers have emailed us about the availability of channels on the Freesat version of the service, including reports of it offering fewer channels than at launch. This is due to licensing restrictions and changes to subscription tiers. Missing channels can be received via alternative devices, such as the website, or mobile apps.


  1. I do not know why anybody would pay for standard definition streaming, the quality on a large screen is awful.

  2. I've not lost any services via Freesat and the new channels have appeared as well

  3. then no sky sports or bt sports

  4. but still no HD... welcome to 1999...