Freeview Play

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 […]

Freeview Play to launch on LG smart TVs

Freeview Play, the connected TV service from UK digital-terrestrial TV provider Freeview, will launch on LG Smart TVs in the first half of 2016. The offering will be available on LG TVs running webOS 3.0, enabling UK viewers to access live television, catch-up TV from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and on-demand […]

Freeview Play available on Panasonic DVRs and Blu-ray recorders

The UK’s Freeview Play connected TV service is now available via Panasonic’s 2015 range of DVR and Blu-ray recorders. Panasonic, which was the first manufacturer to offer Freeview Play, the on-demand service provided by the UK’s main national broadcasters, via its smart TVs, will now enable access to the service via its DVR and Blu-rauy […]

HbbTV Association welcomes Freeview Play launch

The HbbTV Association has welcomed the recent launch of Freeview Play in the UK, which is built on the HbbTV 2.0 standard that was released earlier this year. Freeview Play lets viewers access advanced TV services like catch-up TV from broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Channel 5 and supports the development of […]

Opera SDK included in Humax’s Freeview Play boxes

Opera’s HbbTV 2.0 SDK will see its first deployment in Humax’s new Freeview Play-enabled set-top boxes. The Freeview Play service on Humax boxes uses the latest HbbTV specification, giving UK viewers easy access to both linear and on-demand content. At IBC in September, Opera announced it would offer the ready-to-deploy, HTML-5-based, Hybrid Broadcast and Broadband […]

Humax: Freeview Play set to boost UK retail box market

The launch of Freeview Play, the new on-demand service from UK free-to-air platform Freeview, will stimulate and revive the retail set-top box market, according to set-top provider Humax. Speaking at the launch of Humax’s Freeview Play set-top, the first in the market, Humax commercial director Graham North said that “Freeview Play will help stimulate the […]

Humax launches first Freeview Play device

Humax has launched the first UK Freeview Play device, the Humax FVP-4000T. The HD device provides access to catch-up TV, on-demand services and live TV and includes built-in WiFi. The box currently gives access to cartch-up services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5, while a recent agreement between Humax and Netflix […]

Freeview kicks off ‘biggest ever’ campaign for Freeview Play

UK digital-terrestrial platform Freeview has launched what it describes as its “biggest ever advertising campaign” for its Freeview Play connected TV service. The campaign kicked off on Friday with a TV ad created by Leo Burnett, with the tagline Set Yourself Free on commercial channel ITV. The TV campaign will also include 60 and 40 […]

Freeview Play to launch next month

UK digital-terrestrial TV provider Freeview has confirmed that its new connected TV offering, Freeview Play, will launch next month on Panasonic TVs. The service will launch first on Panasonic’s new 2015 line-up of Viera TVs and will then be available on a range of other Panasonic products, including three Blu-ray recorders and two digital recorders. […]

DTT ‘must evolve’, says Digital UK CEO

Digital terrestrial television “must and will evolve” to adapt to new technology and web connectivity, according to Digital UK chief executive Jonathan Thompson. In Digital UK’s ‘Free to view TV for the connected age’ update, Thompson said that Digital UK’s priority over the coming months and years will be to adapt and to make sure […]