Seiki to launch connected Freeview HD TVs this year

TV display specialist Seiki has announced it will be introducing a range of HD TVs with the forthcoming 'Freeview Connect' service later this year.

At the CES Unveiled show in Las Vegas, Seiki - a mostly unknown brand name so far in the UK - confirmed it would be launching 32, 40 and 50 inch models with 'Freeview Connect' during the third quarter of 2015.

First announced in June 2014, the new 'Freeview Connect' service will combine traditional digital terrestrial television with various online streaming and on-demand services. Smart TVs often offer this functionality, but the online services available and long term support for apps varies considerably from manufacturer to manufacturer. Freeview Connect aims to bring traditional broadcast TV and online services together under a single brand.

Digital UK is leading on the development of the product specification which, according to the terrestrial TV platform operator, "will be based on open standards, working in close co-operation with manufacturers and industry bodies". Details on launch timing and an official brand name for the new service are yet to be confirmed.
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