New Freeview mobile app to launch in January

TV service, Freeview, has announced the launch date for its new mobile app as 22 January 2019. The app will provide viewers with a one-stop-shop for the country’s most watched TV shows.

Through the iOS app viewers will be able to stream live channels from BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and access on-demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, and UKTV Play.

Further catch-up players and live streams will be added at a later date.

The announcement marks a significant step for the UK’s largest TV platform. For the first time viewers will be able to watch live Freeview programming without having to access an aerial allowing the platform to deliver against the different ways consumers now want to access content.

The feature-rich app will allow viewers to search through both live and on-demand content from the supported players. The Recommendations feature will also help viewers discover new favourites across the suite of supported on demand players.

As with all Freeview products, the app is completely free to use with no download fee and no subscription.

“In an increasingly fragmented media landscape, the new Freeview mobile app is an excellent example of broadcaster and industry collaboration in action,” commented Jonathan Thompson, CEO of Digital UK.

“Today’s viewers value having access to their favourite shows when and where they want and the new app provides the aggregated experience that consumers increasingly expect from a TV provider.

“We’re putting the best of free-to-air content – public service and commercial – in to one place on mobile just as we have on TV, ensuring that great, free tv is available to everyone wherever they are.”

An Android version will launch early 2019.