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Freeview Play: An Overview of the UK’s Leading Free Digital TV Platform

Feb-2023 / 3 min read

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Familiar with Freeview and interested in learning more about Freeview Play? Curious to find out what this brand-new streaming service includes? Then look no further.

The service has been installed on over 13 million devices, becoming the UK’s fastest-growing TV platform, with over 11 million users.

Continue reading to learn more about this exceptional service from the nation’s most popular TV platform!

What Is The Difference Between Freeview And Freeview Play?

Freeview is a British digital terrestrial television service operated by Digital UK and is co-owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5. Since its launch in 2002, the service has significantly evolved and has switched from providing only a few analogue channels to a large variety of channels on Freeview boxes.

What makes Freeview even better is that it doesn’t require a subscription for its free-to-access broadcast service, which means you only pay for an annual TV licence fee – hurray!

Freeview Play, on the other hand, is a brand new add-on service from Freeview and is a hub where you can watch live, catch up and on-demand content all in one place. Simply connect your Freeview Play to an internet connection and install a TV aerial and you’re good to go!

What Else Does Freeview Play Include?

What makes Freeview Play stand out from other streaming services is that it includes an Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). With an EPG integrated into the app, you can access all your favourite content via the app rather than dipping into separate apps like BBC Iplayer, ITV X, etc.

Plus, if you’re watching a live TV show on a supported channel, you’re able to restart the show you’re watching from the beginning through the Freeview app – even without the need to record it!

When accessing the Freeview Play app, you can watch your shows wherever you are on your smartphone! From sitting on a bus or lounging on the sofa – the choice is yours!

You’ll find many apps included in the Freeview Play package such as BBC iPlayer, ITVX, All 4, My5, CBS catch-up channels – and even BBC Sounds for all you music enthusiasts!

Now Freeview Play has over 80 live channels including 15 HD channels and 10 UK TV catch-up apps.

Hold onto your socks as it gets a lot better than that! Since December 2022, there are now 60,000 hours of content available to watch and over 700 boxsets to enjoy in your free time. From well-known entertainment shows to new, critically acclaimed movies, you’re spoilt for choice!

Hungry for more? You won’t be stuck on what to watch for much longer – Freeview handpicks a wide range of content to keep you entertained for hours.

Freeview has also launched an Accessible TV Guide to help people with visual and hearing impairments view content more easily with subtitles and audio descriptions.

What Is Freeview Catch-Up?

Missed an unmissable show? Freeview Play has got you covered. By selecting channel 100, you can search for your favourite shows across all their on-demand and live programming service. Or you can peruse through their filter programmes feature and find your show by looking through the categories options.

How To Get Freeview Play?

You can either buy a TV with Freeview Play built-in, buy a set-top box with Freeview Play, or download the app on ios or Android devices.

It’s also worth checking if your TV supports it before purchasing, especially if you have an older TV model as Freeview Play isn’t a downloadable service and needs to be pre-installed.

Both Humax and Manhattan TV support Freeview Play. Some aerial receivers also use the Freeview platform but support 4K and HDR.

Freeview Aerial Installation

Explore everything Freeview Play offers today and call AerialForce to install your own Freeview Aerial to get started!

Contact us today to book your appointment, or call us on 0330 162 7094.

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