Freeview Play


Android TV refresh brings Freeview Play to the fore

Android TV’s recently announced UX refresh has now integrated Freeview Play in the UK. Announced earlier this year, the update makes the smart TV OS look and feel almost identical to that of the Google TV software introduced with 2020’s Chromecast streaming stick.  The biggest introduction is a Discover tab for finding personalised recommendations based […]

Access Europe licenses Eurofins’ Ligada iSuite for HbbTV and Freeview Play

Technology outfit Access Europe has signed a licensing agreement with Eurofins Digital Testing for its Ligada iSuite enhance conformance testing for HbbTV and Freeview Play. The deal enables Access to ensure that its NetFront Browser BE provides a commercially supported and regularly updated Chromium-based platform to consumer electronics manufacturers for next-generation Android and Linux based HbbTV Smart TVs and […]

Freeview Play introduces Accessible TV Guide

Freeview has begun rolling out its ‘truly innovative’ Accessible TV Guide in the UK. Accessible on channel 555 on Freeview Play devices, the guide is designed to be easily accessible to people with visual or hearing impairments, with the Digital UK-owned company saying that this is the first time that such a solution has been […]

Humax launches first Android TV-powered Freeview Play recorder

Humax has announced the launch of what it claims to be the first Android TV-powered 4K Freeview Play recorder. Dubbed Aura, the new set-top-box will launch in November with an SRP of £249 for the 1TB model and £279 for the 2TB version. The STB is powered by Android TV with Freeview Play built-in. This […]

Freeview Play launches on Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs

Digital UK and Amazon have announced a partnership that will see Freeview Play, the online service of the UK free-to-view digital-terrestrial platform, launch on Fire TV Edition TVs sets.  The player brings together 85 freeview channels, and free access to nine on-demand players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup […]

STV player launches on Freeview Play

Scottish broadcaster STV’s free VOD service STV Player has launched UK-wide on TV platform Freeview Play. This expansion will see the player automatically installed on the platform and available to an additional nine million devices across the UK. It is part of STV’s strategy to significantly increase the market for its streaming platform. Freeview Play […]

Arqiva builds cloud-based metadata management for Freeview Play

Communications infrastructure and media services provider Arqiva has built a cloud-based metadata management system for Digital UK, the outfit that leads the development of UK digital-terrestrial platform Freeview. According to Arqivia, the system supports the migration of the Freeview Play service information platform to a public cloud infrastructure, and aggregates, manages and delivers service and […]

Seraphic unveils Sraf Freeview Play 2020 complaint solution

TV software maker Seraphic Information Technology has announced the launch of its Freeview Play 2020 compliant solution. Freeview Play is an OTT expansion of the UK’s FTA DTT platform. It offers access to more than 70 channels for free and programmes from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5 and UKTV Play sitting alongside live […]

Freeview Play launches on Android TV

Digital UK has announced an agreement with Google to bring Freeview Play to Android TV. Freeview Play offers access to over 85 live Freeview channels and access to UK catch-up services such BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My 5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK and Horror Bites. Freeview claims it to be the […]

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 […]

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