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|Owner||STV Group plc|
|Alexa rank||24,797 (October 2014[update])|
www.stv.tv is the URL of the website of the Scottish television channel, STV. The website currently offers the usual sections of News, Sport, Entertainment, Weather, Competitions, Video on demand and STV programme information, with TV listings. It also offers other specialised services such as online bingo.
STV began relaunching the website in August 2008, with the launch of their online catch-up service. The News section moved into BETA testing a few weeks later, with programme-specific pages in October, starting with Britannia High. The stv.tv homepage moved to BETA in December. The relaunch was complete in April 2009.
In August 2008, STV launched a new catch-up service on their website: stv.tv/video. The new service was similar to the ITV catch-up service and features most of STV's main programming on the website, for up to 30 days after it was first broadcast on the channel. Amongst the most viewed videos on the site are networked soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale alongside regional programmes produced by STV themselves, including the comedy dramas High Times and Cracked, game show Postcode Challenge and documentary series The Merchant Navy. UEFA Champions League and STV Rugby highlights programmes are also available to view.
Local and regional news bulletins from STV News in Northern and Central Scotland are also featured on the site although some bulletins (along with networked programming) are only available to view in the UK owing to rights issues.
In July 2009, STV relaunched their catch-up service with a brand new look and advertising campaign, renaming it as "STV Player". STV Player is now also available on YouTube.
The video player was developed by Brightcove.