Freeview Play


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 […]

Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK to launch on Freeview Play

The CBS AMC UK Channels Partnership – a joint venture between AMC Networks International and CBS Studios International – is set to launch two new on-demand players on Freeview Play. Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK will both be available on the free-to-air UK TV platform from December 6, joining on-demand services like the […]

Digital UK: DTT growing as rival platforms falter

Freeview is the only major UK broadcast platform that is growing its user base, according to digital-terrestrial TV strategy and development organisation Digital UK. Jonathan Thompson, CEO of Digital UK, said that Freeview was continuing to grow in the face of shrinking or flat satellite and cabel uptake. According to Digital UK’s annual report, the […]

Netgem TV launched in UK with Freeview Play and Amazon

Netgem has launched its Netgem TV offering in the UK, featuring content from partners including Freeview Play and Amazon Prime Video. Netgem TV, which aggregates a range of content, providing access to ‘skinny bundling’ offerings and other services, is currently available on Netgem’s own branded devices, including its recently launched SoundBox device. In addition to […]

Freeview to receive £125m investment to go ‘fully hybrid’

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva have agreed to invest £125 million (€142 million) over five years to accelerate UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview’s transition to “a fully hybrid platform”. The four Digital UK shareholders said they aim to further develop Freeview Play, the DTT platform that marries free-to-view terrestrial TV and […]

Freeview adds on-demand viewing to live TV

UK digital-terrestrial TV platform Freeview has launched an on-demand ‘content showcase’ for Freeview Play viewers on channel 100. Freeview said the launch marks the first time that it has integrated on-demand content into the linear TV guide and claimed it will make it easier for viewers to find shows and discover new ones. Viewers will […]

Freeview Play launches on Sony Bravia TVs

UK digital-terrestrial TV platform Freeview’s Freeview Play on-demand service is now available on selected Sony Bravia TV models. Viewers with compatible Sony TVs will now be able to scroll back from the TV guide to access shows from the past seven days. The launch means that three out of the four leading manufacturers now support […]

Freeview Play now on over half of smart HD TV sales

TVs with Freeview Play now account for over half of all smart HD TV sales in the UK, according to the free-to-view digital-terrestrial platform. According to Freeview, 55% of smart HD TVs sold in June were Freeview Play-enabled, up 20 percentage points since January. The DTT platform’s on-demand service is available on over 20 brands […]

Freeview Play content discovery revamp due this year

A new Freeview Play content discovery and recommendation system is currently in development and is due to launch later this year. During a panel session on ‘innovation in broadcast’ at the DTG Summit in London yesterday, Digital UK CEO Jonathan Thompson showed a picture and gave details of the in-development offering. He said it would provide […]

Freeview Play device sales pass one million

Sales of Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes have now passed the one million mark, according to the UK free-to-air TV platform. Citing data from research firm GfK, Freeview also said that Freeview Play TVs now account for 34% of smart HD TVs sold in the UK. “I’m delighted that we have reached this major […]

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