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Freeview Play passes five million milestone

The number of Freeview Play devices sold in the UK has now surpassed five million, according to digital-terrestrial TV platform operator Freeview and technical management and strategy outfit Digital UK.

According to Freeview, over three million of the dev ices sold are with ‘active users’, meaning users that have consumed Freeview Play on-demand content in the last six months.

Freeview Play active users are predicted to surpass four million in the third quarter of 2019, making it the UK’s fastest growing TV platform, according to the pair.

Earlier this month, Freeview Play viewers became the first in the UK to  be able to view catch-up and on-demand content from the CBS UK Channel Portfolio, through two new players; Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK. In January the platform will launch its mobile app, offering catch-up and live TV on the go. Further manufacturer and content announcements are due early next year.

Jonathan Thompson, CEO, Digital UK, “Three million active users in three years demonstrates that collaboration can work for industry and viewers. With the launch of our Mobile App, new device and content partners, it’s looking like a very promising 2019.”