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    Freeview to launch free on-demand TV service

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      Freeview to launch free on-demand TV service

      Freeview to launch free on-demand TV service - Telegraph
      Freeview undergoes biggest revamp for a decade with Freeview Play to offer connected TV service for free, allowing thousands of British households to access collection of on-demand services

      Freeview is to undergo its biggest overhaul in a decade by launching a new service called Freeview Play, which will provide access to catch-up content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4OD.

      The free service will allow thousands of British households to access on-demand services in their living rooms for the first time.

      Freeview Play will be available on a range of new TVs and set-top boxes, and enabled with any existing broadband service. Viewers will be able to search for catch-up content by scrolling back in the TV guide or through apps.

      The service will go head-to-head with YouView – the connected TV service launched in 2012 by the main TV broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5), together with BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva – which recently signed a deal to integrate with Sony TVs.

      Freeview was launched in 2002 as a joint venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, BSkyB and Arqiva, the telecoms group. It provides over 60 TV channels, up to 12 HD channels and over 25 radio stations and is subscription-free.

      Freeview wants its new connected TV service to become the “new normal” way to watch TV.

      Guy North, managing director of Freeview, said: “Freeview has been built on a vision to make television available to all free from subscription. In the same way that we took the UK from analogue to digital, Freeview Play is the next step in that vision and will put the viewer in control.

      “We want to keep television fair and open for everyone. That means giving consumers the freedom to choose the TV they want, the way they want it.”

      Last year, the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 withdrew most of their financial support for YouView and agreed to spend more than £100m developing a new internet-connected version of Freeview, after it emerged that virtually all YouView households were pay-TV customers of BT or TalkTalk.

      This was due in part to the £300 retail price of a YouView set-top, which meant that the service only became popular when the cost was subsidised by BT or TalkTalk and spread across the duration of a broadband contract.

      The main goal of Freeview Play is to ensure that catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4OD are available in the living room to households that cannot afford or do not want a pay-TV package.

      “The UK has a very proud heritage of making sure people have access to free television,” said Mr North. “We are aiming to do with Freeview Play what Freeview has always done, which is making technology available and affordable for a mass market.”


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      Re: Freeview to launch free on-demand TV service

      Its not free though is it, as a new integrated TV or freeview box would be needed. I feel the audience for this, would just stick with what they have now.

      You'd be better off getting a youview box, smart tv, freeview hd recorder or a smart bluray recordable freeview hd box.

      I've just encouraged my parents to get the Samsung BD-H8900M Smart 3D Blu-ray Player with Freeview+ HD Recorder - 1 TB HDD
      Nice piece of kit with wifi integrated. They will use catchup and youtube type apps regualrly and it will stop them having to record to DVD, but still let them watch the many DVDs they have.
      Plus the bonus of getting freeview hd+ and pause live tv etc, which they do not have at the moment as they just have a freeview integrated samsung but hd tv.
      They have decent adsl broadband speeds and do not need fibre or any monthly cost tv service.
      They both have Samsung tablets/phones and it all works well with them too via a great sky+ type app.
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      Re: Freeview to launch free on-demand TV service

      So that's the end of updates for my freeview freetime box then.. meh!

     

     

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