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Freeview rolls out new-look website ahead of YouView rival Play launch

Freeview has tricked out its website ahead of the launch of its connected Freeview Play platform, which is due to launch soon. 

The connected free to air TV service – which we got to have a close-up first look at during the 2015 DTG Summit – is a blend of high definition digital terrestrial TV with access to catch-up services like All4, BBC iPlayer, Demand 5 and ITV Player pushed to the fore. 

In many ways, it’s a lot like YouView, with the exception that Freeview Play boxes won’t be sold alongside broadband and pay TV bundles from BT and TalkTalk. 

Freeview Play first look: Is this the future of contract-free smart TV?The new-look Freeview site sadly doesn’t offer much in the way of telling us more about Freeview Play’s features. 

All we know about the soon-to-be-launched service right now is that Panasonic, Humax and Vestel have signed up to make Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes. 

Digital UK’s managing director of connected TV and one-time Freeview boss Ilse Howling has said that the first Freeview Play boxes would cost around £199 and £229 each, but outside of that we don’t know anything about their capabilities. 

While Freeview has declined to say when Freeview Play will be launching, we know that all of Panasonic’s 2015 Viera smart TVs sold in the UK will ship with Freeview Play. 

These are expected to hit the shelves later this summer – but we don’t have a better ETA other than that just yet. Check out Freeview’s new-look site by hitting up the source link below. 


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