PS5 launch snubs several UK streaming apps: BBC iPlayer, Now TV and more left out at launch?

The latest PS5 blog post may have some bad news for British TV fans…

by Oliver Barsby
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With the PlayStation 5’s launch just mere weeks away, fans have started preparing for the inevitable replacement of the PS4 in their entertainment setup.

While many PS5 owners may keep the PS4 around as a media entertainment hub, those intending on trading in their PS4 may be in for a shock when they boot up the PS5, as it’s currently unclear when many of the UK’s most popular streaming services will be available on the console.

This announcement came from the recent PlayStation Blog post that detailed the streaming services available on the PS5 when it first launches next month. Here’s all we know.

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Will BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and Now TV be available on the PS5 at launch?

As detailed in the blog post, Sony has announced five streaming services and applications “scheduled to hit the PS5 console on day one, with more apps to come in the future.”

Given the phrasing of this, it appears that major British and international catchup and streaming services might not available on the console until after its launch, including the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, Now TV and Sky.

However, there is still hope. The post describes the five services as just “some of the entertainment apps” scheduled for launch, suggesting that, hopefully, other more localised services may also be available, although we’ll be keeping our PS4 around until we’re sure.

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What Apps are available on the PS5 at launch?

The blog post outlines that Apple TV, Netflix, Spotify, Disney+ and YouTube are all coming to the PlayStation 5 on Day 1, with the latter four applications available to access directly from the PS5’s Media Remote.

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The PS5’s Media Remote was just one of the accessories announced alongside the PS5.

Aside from these, the blog also outlines that “Additional streaming apps coming to PS5 include Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, Peacock, and more.”

Much like with the UK streaming services, it is unclear as to when these apps will launch on the PS5, as the sufficient vagueness of the phrasing suggests it could be either at launch or at a later date, possibly in 2021.

The PlayStation 5 is set to release in the UK on November 19 – one week after its initial release in the likes of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

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Oliver Barsby