TVPlayer launches on Freeview

Long-awaited connected TV service TVPlayer is launching today on Freeview channel 241 for viewers with compatible connected Freeview devices.

The service, which is operated by Simplestream, and brought to Freeview via S&T's Synapse TV platform now offers Freeview viewers new channels:

MUSIC
Popular music stations Heart and Capital TV, together with Clubland TV, Planet Pop, Channel AKA and NOW Music, home to music from the UK’s leading labels and No1 artists, form the music hub on TVPlayer.

SOUTH ASIAN
The DESI pack has been an instant success since it launched on TVPlayer, offering a mix of Bollywood movies, Indian comedy shows together with Hindi Music and World News, making it the first of its kind on Freeview. India’s most-loved comedy and entertainment shows are brought to Freeview by SAB TV. In addition, Colors & Rishtey, two of the top three most viewed south-Asian channels in the UK, offer compelling reality shows, top of the line dramas, along with the latest Bollywood blockbusters.

SPECIALIST
FashionTV, the largest global fashion channel, broadcasting 24-hour news coverage of fashion to over 500+ million households, will also be covering the hottest news from London Fashion Week, starting this weekend.

Revelation TV, the UK’s leading Christian Television Channel, producing daily live and interactive shows and award winning documentaries such as The Promise and The Waters Cleaved also joins Freeview for the first time.

NEWS
Finally, global news channel France 24 (English version) completes the launch channel line-up on TVPlayer, with many more channels due to follow.

SHOPPING
The full portfolio of QVC Channels: QVC Style, QVC Extra, QVC and QVC Beauty will soon join TVPlayer, presenting their customers with the opportunity to shop via the app, website and Freeview.

The TVPlayer Guide on Freeview 241 - similar appearance as VuTV
How to watch
To start watching all of these channels for free, viewers will simply need to connect their compatible Freeview HD TV to the internet - you'll need a broadband speed of at least 2Mbps and your usage of TVPlayer will count towards any bandwidth limit you may have.

If your Freeview HD TV already works with the likes of Motors TV (channel 240) as well as VuTV (channel 238), then it's likely you'll be able to use TVPlayer on channel 241. TVPlayer has confirmed that the service will not run on YouView boxes.

List of compatible devices (via TVPlayer website) 

Connected TV/Internet TV has been growing rapidly in the UK, presenting the end consumer with more opportunities than ever to view live content. Freeview report that they have 3.7 million customers using Freeview HD TVs and boxes and the figure is forecast to grow significantly over the next few years. According to Digital TV Research, the number of households watching online TV and video will reach 706.53 million in 2020, which will account for 47.6 per cent of the world’s TV households.

As TVPlayer is BARB measured on Freeview, all viewing will contribute to the overall channel ratings, increasing each channel’s reach. TVPlayer has also been working closely with BARB to implement Project Dovetail, which will allow viewing behaviour to be tracked across multiple devices, which is a ground-breaking development for the broadcast industry.

Adam Smith, CEO of TVPlayer, says, “We are thrilled to be working with so many of our broadcast partners to launch their channels on Freeview 241. TVPlayer offers a vehicle for popular free-to-air channels to air not only via mobile, tablets and desktop, but also now to Freeview HD homes. Our ambition is to roll out TVPlayer across more platforms and devices.”

TVPlayer is available as a mobile or tablet app on all major app platforms, as well as via www.tvplayer.com, where the service also includes live streaming of the main network channels.

FEATURE
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OVERVIEW
What's available on TVPlayer?

Channel
Website
tvplayer.com
Mobile/Tablet App
iOS/Android/Kindle Fire
Freeview
Channel 241
Heart
▪  (also available in Manchester on ch.54^)
Capital
(also available in Manchester on ch.56^)
Clubland
Planet Pop
Channel AKA
NOW Music
Sony SAB
Colors
Rishtey
Fashion TV
Revelation TV
France 24 English
QVC UK
Coming soon
QVC Beauty
Coming soon (also available on Freeview channel 35.)^
QVC Extra
Coming soon (also available via streamed red button on channel 35 and on channel 57 in local TV coverage areas.)^
QVC Style
Coming soon (also available via streamed red button on channel 35.)^
TVPlayer channels not on Freeview channel 241 (mostly services that are already carried on Freeview - channel numbers shown where applicable):
ENTERTAINMENT
BBC One
*
*
Channel 1^
BBC Two
*
*
Channel 2^
ITV London
*
*
Channel 3 in London^
Channel 4
*
▪*
Channel 4^
Channel 5
*
*
Channel 5^
BBC Three
*
*
Channel 7^
BBC Four
*
*
Channel 9^
4Music
Channel 18^
Food Network
Channel 41^
Food Network +1
X
Travel Channel
Channel 42 (6pm-10pm)^
Travel Channel +1
X
S4C
In Wales on channel 4^
BBC Alba
In Scotland on channel 8^
Community Channel
Channel 63 / 109 (HD)^
MUSIC
Heat
X
The Box
X
Smash Hits!
X
Kiss
Via streamed red button on channel 18^
Magic
Via streamed red button on channel 18^
Kerrang!
Via streamed red button on channel 18^
DESI
Zing
X
Lamhe
In Greater Manchester on channel 53.^
CHILDREN
CBBC
*
*
Channel 120^
CBeebies
*
*
Channel 121^
NEWS
BBC News
*
*
Channel 130^
Al Jazeera English
Channel 133^
Euronews
X
RT
Channel 135^
Aaj Tak
X
*Not available on 3G/4G connections

^Distributed independently of TVPlayer.

Last updated: 18:00 11/09/2014.

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