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Freeview apes YouView with backwards programme guide – on the web

Freeview users can get a taste of YouView’s backwards programme guide with a personalised online guide that links to web-based catch-up services.

The upgraded Freeview website also hosts shortlists of key products based on user reviews, with further improvements scheduled over the coming weeks.

Freeview boxes come with a standard seven-day-ahead programme guide, while the YouView programme guide has listings for a week ahead and behind.

Freeview apes YouView with backwards programme guide - on the web
Not quite YouView, but it’s getting there

Read more about FreeviewAdrian Mack, new media manager at Freeview, said: “Our TV guide is hugely popular and this update makes the user journey simpler and easy to navigate. 

“Visitors will now have easy access to catch up content via our new TV guide, instead of having to visit multiple websites and all without the need for a subscription.”

The new look online Freeview guide highlights programmes on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 with direct links to catch-up on the iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand Five.

Users can also create a personalised listing, featuring only those channels in which they’re interested.

Many Freeview HD boxes include the BBC iPlayer, while YouView has built-in iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand Five.

Improved pages for Freeview channels will launch in the next few weeks, with live streaming and catch-up links, as well as trailers for upcoming programmes.

Freeview apes YouView with backwards programme guide - on the web
Personalised programme guides are rare on digital TV boxes

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