The Nordic streamer arrives in the UK on 1 November with two ad-free tiers: a basic £3.99 per month service featuring (mostly) Nordic scripted content, and a £14.99 version including sports, thanks to recently acquired Premier Sports.
Viaplay’s UK economics will revolve around sports: it has to demonstrate that there is room for a new premium service in the market. Substantial marketing efforts and distribution deals with the likes of Sky and Amazon will be critical to build penetration.
The UK is the latest territory in an ongoing aggressive international deployment that has driven Viaplay into loss. It aims at multi-territory economies of scale, which work for scripted content, but appear illusory for sports.