Freeview Play launching on TCL, Sharp and Philips Android TVs

Following on from the recently announced partnership between Freeview and Google, Freeview Play will soon be available on selected TCL Android TVs and on all Sharp Android TVs in the UK.

Freeview Play gives viewers access to live and on demand TV in one easy to use interface. The platform provides 85 live channels (including 15 in HD), as well as 20,000 hours of on-demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My 5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK and Horror Bites.

Freeview Play will launch on the TCL EC788 (pictured above) and EP658 Android models. These models offer high image quality, advanced features and an elegant design. Soon to be followed by TCL QLED Android models launching May 2020.

They also come with Google Home and Google Assistant built-in, meaning that the TV can be controlled through selected Google devices such as Google Home Mini, Nest, Android OS mobile phones, and TCL Google enabled remote controls.

“We have worked very closely with Freeview on this implementation,” said Marek Maciejewski, Product Development Director Europe, TCL. “It was challenging and exciting, but we are thrilled that TCL’s British customers will soon be able to easily find and enjoy the shows they love, whether live or on-demand.”

Meanwhile, Freeview Play is now available on all Sharp Android TVs (left), with the update rolling out across all devices.

Sharp launched its first Aquos Android TVs in Europe last year at IFA with the affordable ‘BL’ series and in first half of 2020 will introduce its ‘BN’ series.

The higher spec ‘BN’ series will feature both Dolby Atmos, which precisely places and moves sound in three-dimensional space, and Dolby Vision HDR, a cinema-inspired technology that provides even more vivid images with intensive colouring and high contrast.

The Japanese brand also intends to release two more Android TV series in the second half of 2020.

Lastly, elsewhere, TP Vision has confirmed the imminent arrival of Freeview Play to the company’s Philips Android TVs.

TP Vision first introduced the platform back in 2014 and has committed nearly 50 per cent of its range of Philips sets to Android TV ever since.

Philips Android TVs manufactured from now on will include firmware that enables Freeview Play by default. 2019 model year Philips Android TVs which are in-store or are already in use in consumer homes will receive an over-the-air software update which will prompt users to enable Freeview Play on the TV via easy onscreen instructions. In the case of any further questions, consumers can easily contact Philips’ Consumer Care info-line for help.