Freeview Play challenges streaming services with 20,000 hours of content.
Drink plenty of coffee - Freeview Play offer 2 years of non stop viewing
Since its launch in 2015, Freeview Play has become the UK’s fastest growing way to watch TV without having to pay a subscription. It’s now hit a significant milestone.The service added the My5 catchup platform back in June and this has now pushed the amount of available catch up content to over 20,000 hours.
Compare that to Amazon Prime which offers around 22,600 hours and HBO Max, which will offer an initial 10,000 hours at startup - both of these charge a subscription for their services, while Freeview Play is free once you have purchased the set-top box.
Owen Jenkinson, Marketing Director at Freeview commented ‘To put 20,000 hours in perspective – that’s over two years of solidly watching TV, day and night. We’re not sure anyone would want to do that, and while we don’t advise it, isn’t it great to have the option!’
My5 joined the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK and Horror Bites on the Freeview Play on demand line up but of, course, there’s also the free to air live channels to watch too for the estimated 4 million users of Freeview Play.
Joining paid for TV from providers such as Sky, Virgin and BT (in the UK) and the established streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon will be an upcoming plethora of new internet-based services from the likes of Disney Apple and WarnerMedia (to name just a few) and viewers may soon find themselves faced with a dizzying array of choice but also with rapidly increase subscription charges. The option of a free platform, also with plenty of choice, will mean that TV viewers won’t lose out if they can’t afford to jump on the streaming train just yet.
Freeview uses a variety of affordable set-top boxes and devices and the 2017 specifications include support for HDR video using Hybrid Log-Gamma when playing compatible on demand broadband content.
Do you have a Freeview Play device? Are you happy with the choice or do you supplement it with a subscription service too? Let us know in the discussion thread.
Source: Press release, www.techradar.com, www.broadbandtvnews.com, www.wikipedia.com
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