Freeview Play to launch next month
Freeview and Digital UK announced that the new Freeview Play connected TV service, will launch in October. The Service doesn't require any paid subscription. The only fee you have to pay is your TV license fee.
The service combines catch-up TV, on-demand and live TV. The service works with all existing broadband connections.
Freeview Play will first hit Panasonic's 2015 range of Viera TVs where viewers get the option to scroll back through the TV guide for catch-up programmes or access the stellar on-demand service through the apps page.
Following the TV launch, Panasonic will also be introducing a full range of video products equipped with Freeview Play, including three Blu Ray recorders and two digital recorders. In addition, Humax will launch Freeview Play digital recorders, Manhattan TV and Vestel will also launch ranges of Freeview Play products.
Guy North, Managing Director of Freeview, said: 'We believe that Freeview Play is set to become the new normal way of watching TV. Viewers will be free to choose what they watch and when they watch it on their main set free from subscription.'
Caroline Thomson, Chair of Digital UK, said: 'The launch of Freeview Play is a landmark moment for UK television. Our aim is to make watching the best free broadcast and catch up TV easy for everyone. It's testament to the work of IIse Howling, Guy North and their teams, as well as the many partners across our industry, that we are bringing Freeview Play to market with a service that makes watching your favourite TV so simple.'
Andrew Denham, Managing Director, Panasonic UK, said: 'By teaming up with Freeview Play, we are bringing better television to homes across the UK. Our partnership means that we can not only provide outstanding picture quality, but a much wider selection of programmes and viewing flexibility to Panasonic customers in the UK.
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