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STV Player and regionalised STV HD coming to Sky

A five year strategic partnership has been signed by STV and Sky, paving the way for Sky viewers to gain access to all regional versions of STV in HD.

The deal will also bring STV's on-demand service STV Player to Sky boxes, meaning viewers in Central and Northern Scotland will be able to catch up on their favourite STV programmes - including Coronation Street and Britain’s Got Talent and classic shows from the STV archives on Sky Q and Sky+ set top boxes, as well as mobile devices via streaming and offline viewing from the second half of 2019.

Before then, all four STV regional variants (including the former Grampian or STV North region) will launch in HD to create the first fully regionalised PSB HD service on Sky, giving Sky customers across Scotland full access to regional STV programming on channel 103, including the relevant version of STV News at Six for each area. The new HD variants are expected to launch during the first half of 2019.

Sky is the second platform to confirm a regionalised STV HD service: Last year, Virgin Media was the first platform to announce it would offer regionalised STV HD to its customers. Currently, STV HD only carries the Glasgow version of STV's channel 3 service.

Additionally, the Sky/STV deal will support future functionality, including cloud recording and restart, and IP delivery.

Simon Pitts, CEO of STV, said: 
"We’re delighted to be strengthening our partnership with Sky, which will give Sky viewers across Scotland even better access to STV’s hit shows whenever and wherever they want them.”

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK & Ireland, Sky, said: 
“This partnership with STV will bring even more great content to Sky customers across Scotland, as well as enabling us to collaborate and launch the first fully regionalised HD service from a public service broadcaster.”

Southern Scotland is not covered by the deal, as the area is served by ITV Border Scotland.