Freeview Play adds BBC Sounds Service

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Freeview Play adds BBC Sounds Service

BBC Sounds becomes the ninth content player to launch on Freeview Play.

BBC Sounds will be rolling out across Freeview Play devices, enabling users to stream content directly from their TVs. 

Available on set top boxes and TVs from a range of manufacturers including Cello, Hisense, Humax, Loewe, Manhattan, Panasonic, Philips, Sony TCL and others, the new app will be home to hours of live and on demand radio from over 50 BBC stations, as well as unique curated music mixes and the latest podcasts. Listening patterns and preferences can also be used to create a personalised experience, with recommendations of what to enjoy next.

The press release is quoted below.


24th September - Music, radio and podcast fans can now enjoy BBC Sounds content directly from their Freeview Play device. 

 With millions regularly listening to the radio via their TV, the new BBC Sounds TV app will give BBC listeners another way to listen to their favourite audio content.

Listeners can enjoy BBC Sounds through their TV’s sound system, with live and on-demand radio from over 50 BBC stations, music mixes curated by experts, artists, and special guests, as well as a wide range of award-winning podcasts.

The app offers a personalised experience, with recommendations based on previous listening, and a Continue Listening feature, regardless of whether they were previously listening on mobile, TV or online. Listeners will also be in control of what they are listening to, they can skip forward or rewind 20 seconds and move to the previous or next episode.

BBC Sounds is the ninth content player to launch on Freeview Play, joining BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK, Horror Bites and STV Player. 

As the UK’s fastest growing TV platform, with over 11 million devices sold, launching onto Freeview Play will considerably extend the reach of the BBC Sounds TV app. The app will also be accessible via the Explore Freeview Play interface at Channel 100 on Freeview Play devices, making it even easier for users to discover the latest BBC Sounds content.

Simon Hunt, the Director of Strategy and Business Development for Freeview Play commented, “We are so pleased to be launching BBC Sounds on Freeview Play. We are now home to nine content players, delivering thousands of hours of on-demand content, all for free. There has never been a better time to become a Freeview Play viewer.”

 BBC Sounds begins rolling out across Freeview Play today, with full coverage coming soon.

 Devices will update with BBC Sounds automatically, for more information on supported devices please head to https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/bbc-sounds.


If you’re a Freeview Play user who’s now enjoying BBC Sounds, why not let us know what you think of the service in the discussion thread?

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