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Panasonic to be the first to launch Freeview Play TVs

Digital UK and Freeview have confirmed that Panasonic will be the first manufacturer to launch TVs featuring the new Freeview Play connected TV service.

Panasonic will make Freeview Play available in its new 2015 line-up of VIERA TVs. In addition, Channel 5’s Demand 5 service will also join Freeview Play – completing the launch line-up of catch-up players alongside BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD replacement All4.

Freeview Play combines catch-up TV with on-demand services and live television following in the footsteps of YouView and Freesat Freetime.

Freeview Play will be free from subscription and compatible with existing broadband services. Viewers will be able to search for programmes via a scroll back function in the TV guide (the backward EPG) or a dedicated apps page.

Ilse Howling, Managing Director, Connected TV at Digital UK, said: 
"It’s great news that Panasonic will be the first of many to bring TVs with Freeview Play to viewers. I’m also pleased that Demand 5 will be joining our line-up of great, free, on-demand players. Digital UK is working closely with manufacturers and broadcasters to develop our exciting new service and bring the benefits of connected TV to everyone, free from subscription."

Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview, said: 
"We believe that Freeview Play will put viewers back in control and we’re delighted that Panasonic is our first TV launch partner. Freeview Play will be integrated into a number of TVs in the new VIERA range, giving people the freedom to choose across a range of price points. We look forward to welcoming more products from other partners later this year."

Panasonic plan to offer Freeview Play recorders at a later date. Multi-brand manufacturer Vestel (their devices are often sold at Argos and at supermarkets under various brand names) will follow with a range of Freeview Play products.

Panasonic previously added Freesat's Freetime service to its 2014 range of VIERA TVs.

Of the 2015 range of Panasonic VIERA TVs, the following series will have Freeview Play:
  • CX680, 
  • CX700, 
  • CR730, 
  • CX802,
  • CR852.


  1. I have a 6 month old Sony TV. What might appeal to me is a Freeview Play PVR, are any planned?

  2. I wonder how future-proof FP will be. Will it be able to accommodate another company's (e.g. UKTV or CBS) catch-up service if they choose to introduce one?
    I hope Freeview Play will be available via Freesat as we are on a relay transmitter & don't have Freeview HD reception equipment, so we don't receive the full spectrum of channels.

    1. Freesat has 'Freetime', which runs a similar service for Freesat users with the same catch-up players.


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