UKTV live streams via web

The five Freeview channels Drama, Dave, Home, Really & Yesterday are now live streaming on the UKTV Play website for the first time.

The move by UKTV is being heavily promoted since the beginning of the week across its portfolio of channels.

Live streams of these channels were removed last month from TVPlayer, briefly leaving no option for users wanting to live stream the channels.

UKTV has said the channels will be available to live stream on its UKTV Play mobile app in the coming weeks, which is likely to be a precursor to launching via the Freeview App, which aggregates free-to-air streams from major UK broadcasters.

The channels are being provided by streaming company Simplestream, who originally set up TVPlayer before it became a separate company.

Earlier this month, it was confirmed the bulk of UKTV would be transferring to the sole ownership of BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the BBC, with three channels - Home, Really and Good Food due to transfer to Discovery.