In a first time ever, Sky to give the pay-TV firm’s customers access to its regional variants in full HD, as well as its leading VOD service – STV Player – on their set-top boxes. This is in development with Scottish commercial broadcaster STV has announced a five-year strategic partnership Sky.
The new partnership enhances an existing relationship between the two broadcasters, with STV Player already available on Sky’s NOW TV. Additionally, the deal will support future functionality, including cloud recording and restart, and IP delivery.
It also enables Sky customers in STV’s broadcast license areas will be able to catch up on 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. Access to The STV Player will be made available in the second half of 2019.
Also as part of the deal, all four STV regions will launch in HD to create the first fully regionalized PSB HD service on Sky, giving Sky customers across Scotland access to regional STV programming including STV News at Six. The new HD variants are expected to launch in the first half of 2019.