Freeview Play adds My5 to offer over 20,000 hours of free on-demand content

posted on Tuesday, 9th July 2019 by Steve May

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Freeview Play has hit a content milestone, offering over 20,000 hours of on-demand free content. The news follows the addition of My5 on Freeview Play devices. The catch-up player joins BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK and Horror Bites on the Freeview Play platform.

Launched in 2015, Freeview Play can now be found on over 7 million devices, and boasts over 4 million users. Features include universal search functionality, and a carousel of curated content recommendations.

“To put 20,000 hours in perspective,that’s over two years of solidly watching TV, day and night,” notes Owen Jenkinson, Marketing Director. “We’re not sure anyone would want to do that, and while we don’t advise it, isn’t it great to have the option!”

Earlier this year, Freeview launched a mobile app for smartphones and tablets, giving viewers access to television programmes in one place, on the go. The growth reflects a move away from Pay TV services. According to Freeview, pay TV services saw a decline of 424,000 households in 2018, with the UK leading the charge in Europe on switching to free services. Earlier this year Sky and Netflix both announced customer price hikes at 5.1 and 20 per cent respectively.

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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