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Free launches iPhone TV bouquet and mobile remote apps

French IPTV service provider Free has launched a bouquet of 20 channels for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, as well as an initiative that will allow mobile devices to be used as remote controls for the Freebox HD set-top.

The channels available on Apple devices via the tv.freebox.fr portal are France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5, France O, NT1, Direct 8, NRJ Paris, NRJ 12, NRJ Hits, TV5, Al Jazeera, LCP, BFM TV, Guysen TV, KTO, Demain TV, Liberty TV, Fashion TV and Luxe TV.

Free’s iPhone service will allow viewers to pause a live programme on their devices and resume viewing from where they left off.

Free has also opened its APIs to allow development of applications to transform iPhones, Android phones and other mobile devices into remote controls, with the first application to be available via the App Store soon.