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    ITV is rolling its website and on-demand services into ITV Hub

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      ITV is rolling its website and on-demand services into ITV Hub

      ITV is rolling its website and on-demand services into ITV Hub - Tech News - Digital Spy

      ITV is following in the footsteps of Channel 4 by rolling its on-demand and web services into a single platform called ITV Hub.

      Coming to mobile, PC, and smart TV hardware, ITV Hub will include all of the content from ITV Player and allow users to live stream the broadcaster's channels.

      The existing ITV Player and ITV.com website will be scrapped to make way for the new platform.

      ITV Hub will be the broadcaster's first ever app for Amazon's Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and will also find a home on the Freeview Play service.

      To celebrate the launch of its new platform, ITV is airing new episodes of Family Guy and American Dad, marking the first time the Seth MacFarlane cartoons have featured on a UK on-demand service.

      ITV has confirmed that its ITV Hub will launch in full this autumn, suggesting that it will undergo beta testing in the meantime.

      "We have created an exciting new brand identity for the ITV Hub which will present all of ITV's family of channels and services front and centre with a distinct, digital look and feel building off the success of ITV's rebrand," said ITV director of online Paul Kanareck.

      "We are looking forward to fully unveiling it later this autumn."


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      Re: ITV is rolling its website and on-demand services into ITV Hub

      Hope this isn't Kodi-proof like All4 is!
      ITV on-demand works on Kodi currently.

      Why don't people embrace Kodi?
      It is a true cross platform media player solution.
      I suppose the cross platform thing is the problem.

      It is associated with piracy but this is wrong the core developers are against piracy.
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      Re: ITV is rolling its website and on-demand services into ITV Hub

      The last thing we need is another half-arsed box that only does 1 thing ok and everything else poorly or not at all. I welcome them improving their apps though which currently look awful and perform even worse. If they truly cared for the end user all the channels would collaborate an Iplayer type affair and agree a framework for TVs. Fragmentation makes them money though with all their hoops to jump through. Long live Kodi, I would be sad to see those guys fall.
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      Re: ITV is rolling its website and on-demand services into ITV Hub

      With the launch of "Freeview Play" catch up TV should become readily available to viewers who do not have a subscription TV service.
      If the hardware requirements can be met by existing smart TVs and Freeview PVRs all that should be needed is a firmware update.
      Freeview Play To Launch Next Month | Freeview
      Freeview Play To Launch Next Month


      Freeview and Digital UK today announce that the new Freeview Play connected TV service, the next generation of the UK’s biggest TV platform, will launch in October. Panasonic televisions will be the first to introduce the service and in the lead-up to October existing compatible TVs will update automatically. Freeview Play combines catch-up TV from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 [1], on-demand services and live television, bringing the ability to watch what you want, when you want, as easily as possible, to the mass market. The service is free from subscription and works with all existing broadband services. Freeview will also be unveiling a new TV advertising campaign to support the launch.
      Freeview Play will launch on Panasonic’s new 2015 line-up of VIERA TVs [2] and viewers will be able to scroll back through the TV guide for programmes on catch-up or access on-demand programming through the apps page.
      Following the TV launch, Panasonic will also be introducing a full range of video products equipped with Freeview Play, including three Blu Ray recorders and two digital recorders. In addition, Humax will launch Freeview Play digital recorders, Manhattan TV and Vestel will also launch ranges of Freeview Play products, and other major TV manufacturers will follow.
      Digital UK and Freeview announced plans to launch Freeview Play last year. Since then Ilse Howling, Managing Director, Connected TV at Digital UK has led a dedicated team to develop the product specification for the new service.
      Digital UK has worked closely with Arqiva to build the technical system required to support Freeview Play. Freeview will focus on marketing the new service to viewers through its biggest ever advertising campaign.
      Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview, said: ‘We believe that Freeview Play is set to become the new normal way of watching TV. Viewers will be free to choose what they watch and when they watch it on their main set free from subscription.’
      Caroline Thomson, Chair of Digital UK, said: ‘The launch of Freeview Play is a landmark moment for UK television. Our aim is to make watching the best free broadcast and catch up TV easy for everyone. It’s testament to the work of Ilse Howling, Guy North and their teams, as well as the many partners across our industry, that we are bringing Freeview Play to market with a service that makes watching your favourite TV so simple.’

      Andrew Denham, Managing Director, Panasonic UK, said: ‘By teaming up with Freeview Play, we are bringing better television to homes across the UK. Our partnership means that we can not only provide outstanding picture quality, but a much wider selection of programmes and viewing flexibility to Panasonic customers in the UK.’

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      Re: ITV is rolling its website and on-demand services into ITV Hub

      Quote Originally Posted by coipu View Post
      The last thing we need is another half-arsed box that only does 1 thing ok and everything else poorly or not at all.
      No new box, despite them calling it a hub. The hub is just referring to all its live tv channels, catchup services and online services (itv website) all sitting under one umbrella area site/name.

      Quote Originally Posted by seawright View Post
      With the launch of "Freeview Play" catch up TV should become readily available to viewers who do not have a subscription TV service.
      If the hardware requirements can be met by existing smart TVs and Freeview PVRs all that should be needed is a firmware update.
      You will need to buy a new tv or freeview set-top box. Only Panasonic TVs available at the moment. The firmware update is referring to a handful of recent panasonic tvs on the market now.
      I'm not too sure who this is aimed at, as those who do not have catchup now will not be the ones rushing out to buy a new tv or a set-top box.

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      Re: ITV is rolling its website and on-demand services into ITV Hub

      ^^Nice idea, still, wont help my Freesat Freetime box much. Freeview seems to be gaining channels and improving all the time, Freesat seems really stagnant.

     

     

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