Freeview Play becomes the norm on majority of new smart TVs


Latest sales figures confirm that more than half of all smart HD TVs sold in the last month support the new Freeview Play platform.

It's also been confirmed that a number of Philips branded TVs will support the hybrid terrestrial / online service. TP-Vision, the brand licensee for the design, manufacturing and marketing of Philips TVs says the new 6162 and 6262 2017 range of Philips Smart TVs will be the first Philips sets to feature the Freeview Play service in the UK.

GfK retail sales figures show that in June 2017, 55% of all Smart HD TVs sold supported Freeview Play, up 20% on January's figures.

Since launching in 2015, Freeview Play is now backed by more than 20 leading brands. Freeview Play combines normal terrestrial TV (DVB-T and DVB-T2) with online services including catch-up TV and on-demand services from all of the main UK free-to-air broadcasters. 

The rapid adoption of Freeview Play will assist with the future migration of more terrestrial TV services to the newer DVB-T2 broadcast standard. Freeview Play supports automatic retuning when there's updates to the channel list and it also supports HbbTV standards for new style Red Button and data services. The platform is now the most widely adopted service by manufacturers for catch-up TV in the UK. At total of 1.5 million Freeview Play devices have been sold in the last two years. 

Guy North, Managing Director, Freeview said:
“Freeview Play is fast becoming the smart choice for UK consumers. I’d like to thank all our partners who have helped us reach this milestone. It’s a remarkable achievement.”



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