Freeview brings mobile TV to Android devices

Free to view on the move

by Andy Bassett Jul 30, 2019 at 10:42 AM

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    Freeview brings mobile TV to Android devices
    After iOS users got their Freeview mobile app back in January, Android fans were forced to wait patiently while their Apple buddies got their fix of Good Morning Britain on the daily commute. Now Android users can share their journeys with Piers Morgan too.
    Available from the Google Play Store, the Freeview Android app enables access to live TV and on-demand shows on their smartphones and tablets. Note that viewers must have a TV licence to use the service just as if they were watching at home.

    Free to air access features live BBC, ITV and Channel 4 programmes along with catch up services from the BBC iPlayer, All 4, ITV Hub, UKTV Play and the recently added My5 - certainly enough to fill an hour or two on the way to and from work.

    Indeed, part of the feedback from viewers using the iOS version of the app has indicated just how useful it is for tuning in to the two main breakfast news programmes as they start the day. Other popular content has been Wimbledon and the Women’s World Cup, presumably as viewers catch up during their lunch and break periods.

    The app itself provides a 15 day forward and 7 day back programme guide so you can plan ahead and catch up on recently missed programmes. Additionally, it’s possible to filter the TV guide to show only particular channels or programme categories plus there's a universal search feature which allows viewers to check across the entire app rather than having to specifically enter the ITV service just to search for ‘Love Island.’

    Freeview Marketing Director, Owen Jenkinson, said, “It has never been easier to become a Freeview viewer. To start watching content, all you need is a smartphone, an internet connection and away you go, all the content you love, wherever and whenever you want it.”

    Devices will need to be running Android KitKat (4.4) and viewing will require access to a Wi-Fi hotspot or a mobile data plan since you’ll most likely be on the move... so make sure you’re happy to be spending time and money on Piers.

    How many AVForums members have a daily commute? If so, are you a reader, a snoozer or would catching up with the morning's news be a better way to spend your travel time? Let us know.

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