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With our busy lifestyle, it’s really challenging to fit our favorite shows in our schedule. Most of us don’t are busy with work but that doesn’t stop us from streaming Netflix in leisure time. However, the luxury of Netflix is not something everybody can afford. All of us have a different approach when it comes to consuming premium content. The only thing that’s for sure is that the pattern of consuming content is changing.
Around 92% of people in the US watch TV via cable or satellite networks. And though that’s huge, it’s not a positive number and rather indicates a steep decline from an earlier 96%. The rise of streaming services and television on-the-go has come at the expense of traditional TV viewing experience.
Internet TV has made way for the rise of streaming services such as TVPlayer, which though nowhere near Netflix or Prime Video’s capability, still exists because of great demand.
What is TVPlayer?
TVPlayer is a live streaming service that allows users to watch content from their phone, tablet or laptop. With this service, you get access to 80+ channels out of which 29 are premium channels. The most appealing part about this service is that you can stream 70% of its content for free which includes channels such as Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Capital TV.
Another aspect that I like a lot about this service is that you get all the channels in one place and thus you don’t have to subscribe to each channel individually. For instance, you can access BBC iPlayer which just shows BBC channels for £5.99 along with other channels. In addition, you can make use of the on-demand service which has premium service TV channels with content available from the past one month.
TVPlayer started its journey back in December 2013. It was launched as an internet-based TV subscription service in the UK and it’s amongst the most beloved service. It streams live TV across a wide range of devices and features the UK’s favorite free-to-air channels along with some premium channels.
Why should you stream on TVPlayer?
There’s no dearth of content on TVPlayer. You can access more than 80 channels on premium services. You get live tv + on-demand content from channels such as BBC, ITV, Discovery, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon to name a few. In its price range, it is amongst the best service topped only by Hulu in my opinion.
Compatibility is key
The best part about TVPlayer is that it has an app for most of the devices. You can stream the service via Android, iOS, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and even gaming consoles such as Xbox.
TVPlayer allows you to record live TV to the cloud. Thus, in case if you feel you’re going to miss out on a much-awaited premiere, you can record the show via record live TV capabilities. Using the recording feature, you can save some of the priceless moments which you can view later. For instance, you wouldn’t need to wait for Ricky Gervais’ crazy monologue or Dave Chapelle’s acceptance speech for over two days when you have a live TV recording feature.
One of the many reasons why I fell in love with TVPlayer is because of its cost-effectiveness. There are plenty of streaming services charging an unreal amount of money. If you thought that was worse, think about these free streaming websites which stream pirated content and even charge $30/per month. Compare all of that to TVPlayer’s plan and pricing and you feel like subscribing to the network.
Aesthetically, TVPlayer’s homepage is quite appealing. Sure, it doesn’t have the most distinctive layout but they have got the basics right. The website is developed well and it’s fairly easy to navigate. The white background with a light grey element really helps the black and red text to stand out.
Distinctive Color Combination
The majority of the leading streaming services have dark websites as seen in the previous reviews. Thus, TVPlayer’s white and grey color combination comes as a breath of fresh air. Another aspect I love the most about this service is that when you sign-up for it, they don’t hammer you with daily newsletters.
Clean Hero Section
The hero section has a main slider banner with three supporting texts right below it. These three details pertain to channels, pricing, and devices with a short text accompanying each of the CTAs. As you scroll down, you see tiny logos of all the channels on the network in three rows. As you scroll further, there’s another banner with a CTA “Try For Free”.
Upon entering the website, you’ll find the header section with logo on the left, CTA and login panel on the right and the menus in the middle. There are five main categories – ‘Watch Live’, ‘On-Demand’, ‘TV Guide’, ‘Channels’ and ‘Apps’. Each of these categories has a dedicated page which does exactly what the header says. So, if you want to stream live content, you can get started by clicking on the ‘Watch Live’ button.
TVPlayer is one of the fastest-growing platforms with popular channels catering to a wide range of audiences including kids, teenagers, and adults. With 50+ channels, it covers genres such as Drama, Reality, News, Sports, Kids, and Lifestyle.
Sure, the network is nowhere near Hulu when it comes to the content library, but it’s still quite impressive. It has free and premium British channels which make up for quality films, reality TV, live sports and TV series streaming experience. The British influence on the network is quite evident in its channel lineup and thus if you’re from the US, you wouldn’t be too impressed with the lineup.
I tried streaming the website in two ways – iPhone 7 and on a Roku device. Honestly, the app is so lightweight, I couldn’t believe that the app was 4MB lighter than My5 app which I thought would be the lightest on my phone. The streaming experience from all the devices was exceptional, to say the least.
Basic is Free but not Ad-Free
Even if you don’t want to subscribe, you can still watch the majority of the free to air channels for free. These channels would carry ads through the TVPlayer to compensate for the free viewing experience. However, that takes nothing away from the whole experience as there are no third-party annoying pop-ups or clickbait ads.
Compatibility is not a problem
If you click on the Apps category in the main menu, you’ll be taken to a new page which provides a link to all the compatible devices. Herein, you’ll find app links for various devices such as Android, iOS, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and even gaming consoles such as Xbox.
Content availability can be a problem
Streaming can get rough sometimes due to the unavailability of content. For instance, there have been times where I wasn’t able to stream ITV and Channel 4’s certain TV shows due to content restrictions.
Plans & Pricing
TVPlayer has two plans: Basic and Premium. The basic plan offers free content but with advertising. This plan has free-to-air TV channels which you can watch on any of the devices mentioned above. The premium plan costs £6.99 and it offers more than 80 channels which can be watched in HD clarity. One thing I’d like to highlight is that you can only stream one device at a time. Quite annoying, isn’t it?
Suggestions I have for TVPlayer
I truly feel that the network needs to expand beyond its British roots. It should tie-up with leading studios across the globe to offer competitive content. We’ve seen collaborations between Disney, Paramount, Fox and other major studios providing us with platforms such as ‘Movies Anywhere’. I’d like TVPlayer to do something similar and improve its content library which can appeal to masses around the world.
I don’t have any complacency against the TVPlayer streaming service. However, when you compare it with the likes of leading services such as Hulu, Netflix or Prime Video, it’s nowhere to be seen. I’d suggest you stream TVPlayer for free if you want to watch the free-to-air content. And as far as premium content is concerned, I don’t feel it’s worth the investment.