TVPlayer, the free TV streaming app for mobile and tablet, today announced a licensing deal for popular lifestyle entertainment channels Food Network and Travel Channel, including their plus ones, from Scripps Networks UK & EMEA.
Food Network and Travel Channel are the only dedicated lifestyle entertainment channels on the platform and include programming such as Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa and Andy Bates Brazilian Street Feasts on Food Network and Michael Palin’s Around the World in 80 Days, World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides and Coach Trip on Travel Channel. Both channels will now be available to watch online for free, via TVPlayer.
The channels being added collectively account for 5% of total TV viewing in the United Kingdom, according to BARB. TVPlayer already carries a comprehensive range of music, news and entertainment channels, including the main channels from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and FIVE.
The new channels are being added to TVPlayer today, taking the total channel offering to over 40 channels. Additional licensing deals will be announced over the summer, meaning TVPlayer now has more licensed channels than any other live streaming app on the market in the UK. Main new functionality released in the June update includes iOS Push Notifications, meaning that TVPlayer can now remind its users of important events and the addition of new channels.
“We are delighted to welcome Food Network and Travel Channel to TVPlayer, offering our users a great selection of premium programming,” says Adam Smith, Founder and CEO of the Simplestream Group, the owner of TVPlayer. “The addition of Scripps channels form the start of a series of updates over the summer period, which will add further channels and functionality to TVPlayer, culminating with the launch of our PVR service later in the year. With the number of set top boxes currently in the market, we think the TVPlayer app offers a welcomed alternative to tech-hungry audiences, who are looking to watch TV on their mobile and tablet devices whilst they are out and about as well as at home.”