I heard this news on the Reddit NVidia Shield TV group, where it was announced that this Freeview Play app would also appear on the Shield which uses Android TV.
But the question I asked was, would this be limited to UK only the same as the other UK based TV catch-up apps (BBC iPlayer, ITVHub All4). Those apps did not appear for me at all in the Google Play Store on the Shield when it was correctly set to Ireland as country. I had to change the Shield country to UK in order for the apps to appear in the Store so I could download and run them.
Now obviously BBC iPlayer will not play anything outside UK....
But ITVHub works perfectly fine here because I have the subscription to the service which legally allows me to view the content outside UK. So google/ITV needs to fix that restriction to the app for those of us outside UK region.
I heard BBC wants to do the same but are stuck in legal sh*t to do with region licensing.
Anyway the question is - will this Freeview Play give me anything extra? Or just a different app interface to all the catchup programmes on all the separate catchup apps?