STV Player for Windows Phone 8 lets you tap into on-demand streaming of your favourite shows

We all love catch-up TV services, enabling us to venture outside the front door without fear that we'd miss the next episode of our favourite show. For those who aren't aware of the broadcaster, Scottish Television (or STV) is essentially ITV in the northern parts of the UK. The company has an official catch-up app available for Windows Phone. Tune in for all the details past the break.

So what can one do with the official STV ( Windows Phone app? As is the case with other official broadcaster apps, you're able to stream and enjoy your favourite shows after they've aired on the main channel. STV keeps episodes available online for 30 days. But that's not all, even if you live outside Scotland, you can still enjoy some superb content, including classic Taggart episodes.


The app itself is both designed and developed to work in Scotland, but as noted above, there is content available to residents across the UK. Favourites are on-hand to help you mark content that you enjoy and there are parental controls for those who wish to confirm they're over 18, configuring a PIN to prevent younglings from accessing questionable content.

The app itself is well designed and fits in nicely with other top content available on the Windows Phone Store. Since it's an official offering, we're pleased to see yet more support from the UK media, enabling consumers to enjoy their favourite shows on Microsoft's mobile platform.

Since the app is free you'll have to put up with some advertising, but this shouldn't come as much of a surprise if you're used to ITV (or STV) broadcasting - and yes, you can even stream shows over mobile data connections.

You can download STV Player from the Windows Phone Store for free (Windows Phone 8 only). Cheers, Josh, for the heads up!

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • US never gets any love! :( /s
  • Even Philippines! :'(
  • I don't get it... This has been available on the marketplace for some time now... Indeed it was me who added the info to ITV Player wikipedia page last week (also about 4oD and Demand 5 with wpcentral as the references :) )
  • Use it all the time and live in England. just put a Glasgow postcode in
  • Shame itv haven't got an app
  • It's odd they don't. It offers mostly the same content. All they'd have to do is change the logo! (Well I'm sure there's more to it than that but I assume they're the same company.) Same on W8...STV have an app but ITV don't.
  • It's not the same company, actually. Because of the unique way ITV was set up, STV is actually a separate company, even though the ITV network shows broadly the same programming regardless of where you are. It used to be much worse where every region's ITV was a separate company - fifteen in total - now there's just three - one for most of Scotland, one for Ireland and the other for the rest of the UK
  • Ah, thanks, that's interesting! That explains why ITV haven't just ported the STV app over.
  • American companies just want to suck your wallet dry. As much as I hate commercials I'd watch them for free service on the go. Wait a minute, no I wouldn't lol. But free is good. On another note stv and itv sound like diseases. :/
  • Well I suppose they did give you a nasty case of Simon Cowell which can only be killed by fire ;]
  • Use the postcode EH7 6EZ to get it to work.
  • I have had this app for a while now, adverts suck but its a good app all the same. I live in England but any Scottish postcode will give you a near ITV viewing experiance. Come one sky get your finger out and give us the Sky go app. I feel as though im paying part of my subscription to SKY to fund the apps for IOS and Andriod. I feel i should be asking SKY for a partial refund until the WP app is released!!!
  • I actually downloaded this a while ago. For whatever reason, the ads didn't show up and I was able to watch a full 'hour' long documentary without any ads whatsoever.  That's not something to complain about, obviously, but I wonder, have they fixed that?
  • All good.. Not sure what happens if Scotland becomes independent, will they lose rights to broadcast to Rest of UK