TVPlayer and NBCUniversal go their own ways

TVPlayer has lost access to four channels operated by NBCUniversal, following the end of a carriage agreement.

E!, Universal, Movies24 and SyFy ceased to be available via the streaming TV service at the end of last week in the latest channel changes to be implemented by TVPlayer.

It comes after NBCUniversal's parent company, Comcast, took over pay TV giant Sky, where the channels will continue to be available across TV and various devices via Sky's own TV services.

TVPlayer has traditionally not carried any of Sky's channels, with Sky focusing on bundling its channels as part of larger carriage deals with Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV and, in the future, BT TV as well as making them available on its own streaming services, including Sky Go and Now TV.

Individual broadcasters are increasingly exercising greater control of content distribution on online platforms, often in favour of their own platforms or large scale deals with major competitors, which is bad news for smaller providers like TVPlayer, which have traditionally aimed to bring content from multiple providers under one roof.