TVPlayer sold: changes afoot for streaming service

Streaming TV platform TVPlayer has been sold to international content aggregation and digital distribution company Alchimie.

Alchimie says it is going to use the TVPlayer platform to introduce "new UK distribution channels" for it's portfolio of premium factual content.

With a special focus on The Natural World, Crime, Current Affairs, History and children’s content, Alchimie’s 40,000 hour catalogue has the depth and breadth to regularly refresh content on the SVoD section of the TV Player platform and app. TVPlayer currently reports a viewer base of 450,000. Alchimie has revenue-share partnerships with over 250 highly-respected content rights-owners including Arte, ZDF and NHK, resulting in one of Europe’s largest portfolios of premium, multi-language, factual content.

TVPlayer, originally launched by Simplestream and since spun off into a separate business, has had a difficult few months, having lost many content partners this year. Channels including FreeSports, ITV Box Office, CNN, QVC, Dave, Really, Yesterday, Home, Drama, Syfy, Universal, E!, Cartoon Network and Boomerang are among those that are no longer available on TVPlayer.

At the end of last month, its cloud-based recording service was axed.

TVPlayer has said it will provide more information about the resulting changes to its channel line-up and on-demand availability shortly.