Freeview Play adds new content discovery tools

posted on Thursday, 28th July 2022 by Steve May

Broadcast  Streaming  home cinema 


The Explore Freeview Play TV channel app has received a major update,  introducing new content discovery tools which bring new recommendation genres, and a new dedicated Box Sets area. The move is designed to offer viewers improved access to Freeview's extensive on demand library.

Explore Freeview Play is available on Channel 100 on Freeview Play TVs.

Alongside over 80 live TV channels, the platform  is home to over 40,000 hours of on demand content and 10 on demand players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK, Legend, POP Player, BBC Sounds, and STV Player.

Using its Search and Recommendation tools, viewers can scroll through a carousel of Freeview’s hand-picked recommendations from across its player line up.

New recommendation genres include Food, Music and Arts, Science & Nature, and History. They join existing categories Comedy, Drama & Soaps, Entertainment, Factual, Food Entertainment, Factual, Movies, and Lifestyle.

Viewers will also be able to curate their own watch lists using a new My Shows feature.

The update also brings a new look, including a dark background, and larger imagery to showcase the content available.

The TV platform has over 10 million regular users, making it the fastest growing TV platform since launching in 2015.

Owen Jenkinson from Freeview Play said:‘We are continually evolving and adding new free features so we can provide excellent value to consumers. With the Women’s Euro and the Love Island final just days away, millions of us will soon be searching for our next TV obsession and these latest updates to Freeview Play will be on hand to help.’

Freeview Play’s Top Ten Box Sets in full

Pose (BBC iPlayer)
US series about the underground world of 1980s ball culture, set at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

Ackley Bridge (All 4)
School drama series set in a Yorkshire mill town, where a new academy school merges the lives and cultures of the largely divided White and Asian community.

Everything I Know About Love (BBC iPlayer)
Four friends, surviving their twenties. Based on the bestseller from the heart of Dolly Alderton.

The Good Wife (All 4)
Drama starring Julianna Margulies as a politician's wife who re-enters the legal world to provide for her family after a scandal surrounding her husband turns her life upside down.

The Undeclared War (All 4)
Thriller about a leading team of analysts in GCHQ secretly working to ward off a series of cyber-attacks on the UK in the run-up to a general election in post-pandemic 2024.

The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe (ITV Hub)
The bizarre true story of canoe conman John Darwin. Facing bankruptcy, John decides to fake his own death using his canoe, much to the horror of his wife.

Task Master (All 4)
The BAFTA-winning comedy game show comes to Channel 4. Taskmaster Greg Davies and his loyal sidekick Alex Horne challenge famous contestants to complete a series of weird and wonderful tasks.

Big Zuu’s Big Eats (UKTV Play)
The grime artist and self-taught chef hits the road to cook up dishes in the back of his own food truck for some of the UK's best known comedians.

Witness Number 3 (My 5)
A split-second glance means the life of single mum Jodie is about to go into free fall.

Pretty Little Liars (BBC iPlayer)
Pretty people, ugly secrets. How far will they go to keep them safe? A year after their friend disappears, four girls receive mysterious messages from ‘A’.

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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