Freeview Play to launch in October

Freeview's next-generation smart TV platform will launch in October with upgrades to Panasonic TVs and further products from Panasonic, Humax, Manhattan TV and Vestel.

Freeview Play will combine catch-up TV from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, on-demand services and live television in a subscription-free platform which works on all existing broadband services.

Panasonic 2015 Viera TVs will be updated automatically to prepare for the launch, when 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.

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."

Panasonic will also introduce Freeview Play products including three Blu-ray recorders and two digital TV recorders, with recorders in the pipeline from Humax, Manhattan TV and Vestel, and and other major TV manufacturers to follow.

The D-Book 8 DTT interoperability specification, released in April 2015, lays the technical bedrock for a robust hybrid service as it evolves beyond traditional broadcast TV.

DTG Testing has delivered a test suite for Freeview Play, developed with Digital UK and built with leading CE manufacturers.

The ongoing cooperation between Freeview, the DTG and Digital UK builds on the success and experience of Freeview HD, developing the technical framework and managing conformance of products entering the retail market, which has seen it become the UK’s most-watched high definition TV platform.

DTG Staff  |  04.09.2015

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