Panasonic has announced that its customers will be able to finally get to see Freeview Play as soon as it becomes available in October 2015.
UPDATE 24/09/15 - Panasonic has confirmed that the service has launched on their compatible range of 2015 VIERA TVs. If you don't have software update notifications on, you will need to process it manually.
It means BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4, and Demand 5 are directly available to consumers through one integrated service, on a Smart TV, for the first time. As the official launch partner of Freeview Play, Panasonic now offers viewers the chance to catch up on their favourite Freeview shows quickly and easily, on a range of their new VIERA TVs and other home entertainment products launching at IFA 2015.
Freeview Play combines catch-up TV and on-demand services from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 within the TV guide, alongside live television. Viewers can search for programmes via a seven-day scroll back function in the TV guide or access on-demand programming through a dedicated app.
You should receive'have recived an on-screen alert to download a firmware upgrade. This upgrade will update the TV software, making Freeview Play available from the TV guide as well as the Freeview Play home page.
Andrew Denham, MD at Panasonic UK, said: “We’re really excited about this launch because, as the Freeview Play launch partner, we can deliver a wider range of excellent programming with the best possible picture quality. September and October are big months for TV, so it is fantastic that our customers will be the first to have all these superb on-demand channels just in time in for Strictly Come Dancing and the Great British Bake Off final!”
Freeview Play is available on Panasonic’s new 2015 line-up of VIERA TVs; specifically models CX680, CX700, CR730, CX802, and the curved CR852. The service is already easy to use, but Panasonic has added a Freeview Play button to its remote controls, giving quick, one-touch access for convenience.
Freeview Play will not only be available on Panasonic TVs, but also on new products in its range of HDD Recorders and Blu-Ray players launched at IFA 2015.
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