Freeview Play, which launched in October 2015, has announced that the UKTV Play app will arrive on certain Freeview Play devices from today (24 August 2016).
UKTV Play offers catch up and on demand access to programmes from Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama and has a selection of features including UKTV Play-exclusive previews of brand new series, and ‘My List’, allowing users to create their own bespoke collection. Viewers can also make use of one of Freeview Play’s other main features, the scroll-back EPG, by selecting shows to watch that way.
UKTV Originals include David Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled and Storage Hunters UK. For ease, UKTV has also handpicked collections of programmes, organised by themes, users can also view their history and enjoy the handy ‘resume’ playback function
UKTV Play general manager, Emma Boston, said, “We’re committed to building a world-class on demand service and making it available to as many people as possible, so it’s really exciting to be announcing another big platform launch for UKTV Play. Freeview Play users will have access to a slate of incredible shows coming to the service this year, including Dave’s brand new and exclusive Red Dwarf.”
Freeview Managing Director, Guy North said: “Since launching Freeview Play last year the service has continued to grow with more broadcasters and manufacturers coming on board. It’s fantastic to be adding UKTV Play to our offering and means we’re bringing viewers even more of the very best television whenever they want it without paying for a subscription.”
UKTV launched its VOD service, UKTV Play, in summer 2014 and has rapidly rolled it out across multiple devices and platforms. Freeview Play joins Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, YouView, Virgin TV and BT TV in offering the on demand service, which is also available on iOS, Android and PC.
As of today UKTV Play will begin to rollout on Panasonic and Humax Freeview Play devices. After the app is added to the Freeview Play apps page, UKTV content will be accessible via the backwards TV guide in the next day or so. Catch up and on demand programmes will be available from Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama and a ‘small number’ of JVC and Finlux models will be updated in October.
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