Freeview announces first live TV and Catch-Up app

posted on Wednesday, 28th November 2018 by Steve May

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Free-to-air terrestrial platform Freeview is launching a mobile app. Launching for iOS January 22, the app was previewed at this week’s Out of The Box TV industry summit, at BAFTA.

The app is being held up as an example of industry collaboration by the UK’s Public Serice broadcasters, all of whom have been forced to develop their own proprietary IP solutions after the collapse, by regulation, of the Kangaroo project several years ago.

Using the app, viewers will be able to stream live channels from BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and access on-demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, and UKTV Play. Additional catch up players and live streams will be added, as they debut on the freeview platform. The app is completely free to use with no download fee and no subscription. An Android version is expected to follow in the spring of 2019.

 Inside CI had an early hands-on, and found the interface intuitive and engaging. Viewers can search live and on demand content from supported players, while Freeview’s curated recommendations feature will aid programnme discovery across the various catch-up players.

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The new service is a collaboration between Digital UK and Freeview’s common shareholders, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva, who led the software build. Arqiva acted as technology partner to DUK by developing both the app and integrating it with the Content Providers’ metadata feeds.

"In an increasingly fragmented media landscape, the new Freeview mobile app is an excellent example of broadcaster and industry collaboration in action,” says Jonathan Thompson, CEO, Digital UK. “The new app provides the aggregated experience that consumers increasingly expect from a TV provider. We’re putting the best of free-to-air content – public service and commercial - in to one place on mobile just as we have on TV, ensuring that great free tv is available to everyone wherever they are”.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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