Freeview Play


Next-gen Freeview Play services come to Panasonic

Freeview and Panasonic have unveiled a new generation of TVs that will feature the first implementation of Freeview Play’s 2017 specification. The Panasonic TVs include new search and recommendation features and a new ‘quick look guide’ that is designed to showcase the best of live and catch-up TV. “Panasonic have been a great partner since […]

Freeview reveals new Freeview Play devices

Free-to-view UK digital-terrestrial platform Freeview has revealed a range of new devices that Freeview Play, its recently-launched on-demand offering, will be available on over the coming months. Freeview Play will launch on Blaupunkt, Hisense, Sharp Aquos and  devices in the coming months, adding to the list of 20 brands that already support the service. Freeview […]

Vestel to launch Freeview Play TVs

Multi-brand TV manufacturer Vestel is gearing up to launch a range of Freeview Play TVs in the UK market. Vestel’s Freeview Play range will include HD TVs and 4K Ultra HD models, allowing users to access Freeview’s connected DTT platform without connecting to a separate set-top box. “With this launch, we’re tapping into the real […]

Freeview Play updates on the way

Work is underway to expand the content and functionality available on connected digital terrestrial service Freeview Play, according to Digital UK. In its annual update report on digital terrestrial television, Digital UK said that Freeview Play will add new discovery features during 2016, including a search function that works across all the catch-up services on […]

Humax updates Freeview Play DVR software

Set-top box maker Humax has launched an IP update for its FVP-4000T Freeview Play HD digital recorder. Humax said the update introduces a “number of enhancements” to the DVR, including a redesigned Humax Home Page interface; a tweaked Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) that now displays seven channels on the page; and faster and simpler options […]

Humax adds Netflix to Freeview Play DVRs

Set-top box maker Humax has added Netflix to its range of FVP-4000T Freeview Play HD devices. This line of DVRs were the first to deliver the Freeview Play connected TV service, which offers a combination of on-demand services, catch-up TV and live television. Humax said that current owners of the Humax FVP-4000T will automatically receive […]

Freeview: death of linear TV ‘overstated’

The death of linear TV is not something that Freeview is experiencing, with the vast majority of people in the UK still tuning in live, according to Freeview managing director Guy North. Speaking on a panel debate at TV Connect yesterday, North said that there is a “danger of overstating” the change in viewing habits. […]

UKTV Play to launch on Freeview Play

UK channel provider UKTV is to expand the reach of its on-demand service UKTV Play by making it available as part of free-to-view DTT platform Freeview’s recently launched on-demand offering Freeview Play. The UKTV Play app will arrive on Freeview Play devices automatically when it launches later in the second quarter, offering catch-up and on […]

Digital UK opens up Freeview Play specification

Digital UK has published the technical specification for connected TV service Freeview Play, opening it up to broadcasters, platforms and equipment manufacturers. The specification, which detail the technologies required to design and implement Freeview Play TVs and boxes, was previously only available via formal registration. Digital UK, a non-profit organisation that supports the UK’s terrestrial […]

Howling to leave Digital UK

Ilse Howling is stepping down as Digital UK’s managing director of connected TV, with chief operating officer Alex Pumfrey also to leave the UK digital-terrestrial TV organisation at the end of February. Howling, the former managing director of DTT platform Freeview, joined Digital UK in 2014, to lead the development phase of Freeview Play, the […]