STV Player celebrates UK-wide rollout with major content boost

Six new distribution deals bring 650 additional hours of content to STV Player.

The free video-on-demand service has signed significant deals with distributors Entertainment One (eOne) and Sony Pictures Television (SPT), which bring the total number of boxsets now offered by the platform to over 150, with around 50 of these being drama series.

“Our addressable audience has significantly increased [so we’re] dropping over 650 hours of new content to welcome our new viewers.” – Richard Williams, Managing Director of Digital at STV

The content boost via the eOne deal includes both series of US thriller Ice, which stars Ray Winstone and explores the ruthless world of the diamond trade, as well as sci-fi spin-off Primeval: New World, Thandie Newton crime series Rogue, and uplifting comedy-drama Hindsight.

The SPT deal brings glamorous period drama Pan Am – which stars Christina Ricci and Margot Robbie in one of her earliest roles – along with legal dramas Notorious and Canterbury’s Law, and British three-parter The Ice Cream Girls, which follows the story of two teenagers accused of murdering their schoolteacher (Martin Compston).

Other titles from the SPT library include cult classic Hart to Hart, memorably starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers, with Nineties nostalgia trip Party of Five and chilling thriller Kidnapped also available to stream for free.

STV Player has signed additional new content deals with:

  • Beyond Rights – reality, medical and true crime programming, including Handsome Devils and Hitched in Vegas
  • Canamedia – property and paranormal titles, including Top Million Dollar Agent and Ghost Dimension
  • Flame – factual entertainment programming, including Canadian reality hit Drag Heals
  • Espresso Media – a series of gripping new true crime documentaries

Throughout 2020, STV Player launched across the UK on Sky Q, Now TV, Freeview Play and Virgin Media. Its audience grew by 68%, making it the fastest-growing broadcaster streaming platform in the UK.

“Audiences are constantly on the search for the next great show to sink their teeth into, so it’s fantastic that STV Player is now pre-installed on so many devices, ready and waiting to introduce viewers to over 150 unmissable boxsets for free.” – Richard Williams, Managing Director of Digital at STV

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