Freeview and Netgem have announced the successful roll out of Freeview Play on Netgem’s SoundBox HD and Netgem’s NetBox HD. The subscription free catch-up and on-demand platform provides access to BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and UKTV Play.
Viewers with the SoundBox HD and the NetBox HD will now be able to scroll back from the TV guide to access shows from the past seven days. Through the Search function, they can find their favourite programs or discover new ones using Freeview Play’s Recommendations feature. The hybrid platform also provides viewers with 70 digital and 15 HD channels with no monthly cost.
The SoundBox HD combines the set-top box technology of the NetBox HD with a powerful sound system with built-in subwoofers making it easier and more affordable for customers to upgrade their TV viewing experience. Alongside the wide range of content available, viewers will be able to choose between a range of tailored sound settings – such as ‘Clear voice’ or ‘Bass Boost’.
Sylvain Thevenot at Netgem UK commented “We are very pleased to be launching our first products with Freeview Play. After winning two awards at TV Connect and the The Connies last month, the addition of on demand content from the main UK channels, alongside Amazon Prime Video, further strengthens the SoundBox proposition. With Freeview Play on the SoundBox HD, we are bringing the ultimate entertainment offering to UK viewers, combining live TV and on demand content with an incredible sound experience.”
Guy North, Managing Director at Freeview commented “We welcome innovation from our partners, so it’s great to see Netgem launch a truly unique product with the Soundbox HD. Both this and the NetBox HD offer even more choice for viewers looking for a better TV deal.” Technical development of Freeview Play, including product specification, is being led by Digital UK.