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A New & FREE Live TV Streaming Services Launches on Roku in the UK


UK cord cutters now have a new option if they own a Roku streaming player. Starting this week TVPlayer will be available on UK Roku players, giving cord cutters 75+ free to air TV channels.

“We are very excited to be launching on Roku streaming players in the UK,” said Frank Bowe, chief commercial officer of TVPlayer.

“Our presence on the Roku platform represents another significant step forward in TVPlayer’s distribution strategy, which is to make premium live TV, on demand and digital shows available within the TVPlayer app across all OTT platforms.”

Supported channels include BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, and Dave. UK cord cutters will also be able to pay 5.99 pounds per month to remove advertising if they would like an ad-free experience. With the paid package subscribers will also get an extra 25+ premium channels such as the Discovery Channel, TLC, Eurosports 1, and the History channel in addition to a 7-day catch-up service.

Sadly a system like this is unlikely to come to the United States. The UK government helps support channels such as the BBC through a yearly tax for all UK citizens even if you do not want to watch the channel. The United States has no such system and would make supporting a service such as TVPlayer difficult.

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  • mau47

    Looks like this is available for Apple TV and Fire TV as well.

  • Sunny Rain

    It’s not a new service. It’s been available for a long time now on other platforms. Roku just happens to be the last one to be supported.

    • mau47

      So just like most other services, Roku last.

  • James Updike

    Actually, not all citizens have to pay the tax. It is a TV license, you don’t have to buy one of you don’t have a television….

    • Richard smith

      I thought it was if you watch BBC. What if you just watch Netflix and Dvds.

      • James Updike

        As far as I know it’s just fOr OTA

      • Mamas Nicolaou

        It’s not just OTA but any kind of live TV. Netflix and DVDs are not live so you’re good but if you are watching BBC IPlayer which is streaming live TV then you need the license.

        • James Updike

          Yes, I included iplayer in that because it is an OTA channel. Then again I stream iplayer and just click “yes I have a tv license” even though I live in the u.s. You don’t have to actually prove you have one.

  • Andy Munro

    It’s new to Roku, but not a new service. However, they have launched a brand new interface and the whole experience is a bit more user friendly. What I don’t like about it is even if you subscribe to premium, you only have a handful of channels on demand and they’re not the mainstream ones like ITV, BBC etc. But it’s a great source for free live tv.

  • Rob Bodwell

    Use a VPN on Roku? Would that work?

    • Richard smith

      Probably for the free version. I used to use one to watch BBC iPlayer.