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More manufacturers join Freeview Play

Catch-up and on-demand TV service Freeview Play will launch on Blaupunkt, Hisense, Sharp AQUOS and Toshiba devices in the coming months.

In an announcement at an industry event in London, it was confirmed that Freeview Play compatible Blaupunkt, Hisense, Sharp AQUOS, and Toshiba TVs will be available in 2017.

Since its debut in October 2015, some 20 leading brands including Panasonic, Humax, LG and JVC have launched Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes. Freeview says the service is now the most widely adopted service for catch-up TV in the UK.

Freeview Play brings an enhanced EPG to TVs and set-top boxes, allowing viewers to access catch-up programming from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and UKTV Play by scrolling back through the TV guide. Additional on-demand content is also available from the Freeview Play apps page on compatible devices.

Speaking at ‘Towards a connected TV nation’, Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview said
“With these new manufacturers on board, Freeview Play has become the most-widely adopted catch-up TV platform in the UK, which is no mean feat in just over a year.”
“Freeview Play now has the content, functionality and distribution to really deliver scale in the TV market, meaning we are well on our way to achieving our ambition of making connected viewing accessible and affordable for everyone.”