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What is TVPlayer for Roku and should I go premium?

TVPlayer offers live and catchup TV over the internet, via its wesite and handy app. And now you can enjoy TVPlayer on your telly, via a Roku streaming device, as the app finally hits the Roku store.

Roku has teamed up with TVPlayer to offer live TV via a Roku box, connected to your home television. That means you can watch a selection of live channels over the internet from anywhere in the home – great news if you can’t get a decent signal from your aerial.

Here’s all you need to know about TVPlayer and its emergence onto Roku. And don’t miss our pick of the best private Roku channels and how to get them.

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What is TVPlayer?

TVPlayer is a free service which allows you to watch live TV on your home telly, computer or mobile device. You can either enjoy TVPlayer’s channels through the website, or via the handy Android and iOS app. And now you can also enjoy TVPlayer on your Roku streamer, connected to your telly.

TVPlayer on Roku (as well as other platforms) allows you to watch over 75 free to air TV channels with a little advertising. These include the big names like BBC, ITC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Dave.

This platform is made possible thanks to the built-in adverts which help to fund its existence. However, there is also a subscription model that allows you to watch live TV without these needed.

What is TVPlayer Premium and is it worth the subscription price?

You can pay £5.99 per month for a Premium TVPlayer suscription, which allows you to watch the free channels without any advertising. That price also gets you access to over 25 premium channels that aren’t available on Freeview or Freesat. This includes Discovery Channel, TLC, Eurosport 1 and History.

This subscription also includes a seven day catch up service, so you can enjoy shows that have already aired.

Not sure about whether TVPlayer’s Premium subscription is for you? Well, if you sign up now, you get a free month’s access, to test it out at no extra cost. Just remember to cancel your Premium status before the month is up if you find it’s not what you hoped for. Otherwise you’ll get charged the following month’s fee once the free month is up.

How do I get TVPlayer on Roku?

First up you’ll need a Roku device like a Roku Streaming Stick, Roku 2 or Roku 3. Once that is connected to your internet connection, a power supply and your TV, you’re good to go. Then you can add the TVPlayer channel (aka app) for use on the box. This can be found in the Movies & TV category in the Roku Channel Store.

Once that app is installed, you can select Live TV and then flit through the channels as you would on an aerial-powered TV. This has a clear EPG which shows you the channel, what’s on right now plus the show that follows written below. You can also browse by Channels or Catchup.

Sign up to the service, for free, and you’re all set to start watching.

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What is the TVPlayer price and release date?

The good news is the TVPlayer app is free and available right now, although the Premium model comes with a monthly cost.

Want to enjoy TVPlayer on your telly but don’t own a Roku streamer? More good news, the Roku Streaming Stick is only £50, The Roku 2 is £70 and the top end Roku 3 is £100.

If you’ve got a bit of spare cash, you could opt for the £5.99 TVPlayer subscription to get those premium channels and ad-free viewing. You never know, it might even end up cheaper than getting someone to run aerials to all the rooms where you need live TV viewing.

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