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S4C launches on Freeview Play

UK public service channel S4C is launching on connected TV platform Freeview Play, giving access to the broadcaster’s Welsh language content to 16 million homes. Viewers in Wales and across the UK will be able to watch dramas, documentaries, and sport on S4C Clic through their Freeview Play device. Freeview Play brings viewers a combination […]

July 24, 2023By Colin Mann

Simplestream delivers PBS America player on Freeview Play

PBS America – the British television channel from America’s Public Broadcasting Service – has chosen Simplestream to create its first UK on demand service, launching the PBS America player on Freeview Play devices. Factual entertainment and documentary fans will be able to watch content from the service, accessible via the Explore Freeview Play interface, at […]

October 27, 2022

LG extends Freeview Play deal

Freeview and LG have announced an extension of their partnership that will see all new LG Smart TVs come with Freeview Play built in as standard for at least the next five years. The Freeview Play platform combines live linear broadcast channels with on-demand and catch-up content from subscription-free apps such as iPlayer, ITV Hub, […]

March 17, 2022

VisionTV launches HbbTV App on Freeview

VISION247 has announced that VisionTV is now available with both HbbTV (Hybrid broadcast broadband) and MHEG Apps via the UK’s biggest TV platform, Freeview. Used in 18 million UK homes, Freeview gives access to 95 per cent of the nation’s most popular TV for free. VisionTV seamlessly and successfully went live as an HbbTV App […]

January 26, 2022

Freeview Play hits 10m users

UK FTA digital service Freeview has revealed that its connected TV platform Freeview Play is now used in over 10 million homes. This follows over 14 million sales, with Freeview saying the milestone cements its position as the fastest-growing TV platform in the UK. Launched in 2015, Freeview Play is built into the majority of […]

October 27, 2021By Colin Mann

Netgem TV hits 200 channels

Netgem TV has reached the milestone of 200 channels available to its customers. This was achieved through the recent addition this summer of 20 extra channels. The new channels launch follows the recent BT Sport and SportsTribal TV launch announcement and spreads across all genres, with even more sports channels (Motorvision TV, ESTV) but also […]

August 3, 2021

Android TV homescreen updates for Freeview Play

Android TV has rolled out homescreen updates to its interface for UK viewers on connected TV platform Freeview Play models designed to make it easier for viewers to explore the full range of content available and discover new favourites. A new Discover tab features personalised recommendations based on viewing history and interests, alongside what’s trending […]

May 6, 2021By Colin Mann

Arqiva withdraws from Digital UK shareholding

Digital UK, the joint venture which leads the operations and strategy of UK DTT platform and Freeview service, has confirmed that broadcast network infrastructure and transmission services provider Arqiva will stand down as a shareholder in the Company from March 2021. The remaining shareholders – the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 – will now have […]

December 1, 2020By Colin Mann

Ex-Freesat CEO: FTA rebrand needed

Seasoned broadcast executive Emma Scott, former CEO of UK free-to-air digital satellite platform Freesat and previously responsible for the launch of DTT service Freeview, has suggested that there is an opportunity for a rebrand of such services in the era of multiple streaming services. The UK has connected platforms Freeview Play and YouView in addition […]

November 11, 2020By Colin Mann

Freeview Play rolls out Accessible TV Guide

Freeview has started the roll-out of its Accessible TV Guide, available on Channel 555 through Freeview Play devices. Freeview says this is the first time that a dedicated solution to make television easily accessible to people with visual or hearing impairments has been made available on a UK TV platform. Freeview’s Accessible TV Guide will […]

October 30, 2020