Find out everything you need to know about Freeview Play, the home of live and on demand TV.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Freeview Play, where live, catch up and on demand TV come together in one place. Add over 70 digital channels and HD channels into the mix and you’ve got the whole package. Oh, and you get all that entertainment with no monthly fee.
In one handy electronic programme guide, you can take your pick from a huge range of live channels. And with on demand classics such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and UKTV Play, you’ll never miss a second of your favourite shows. So, you can enjoy over 40,000 hours of TV on demand, all for free with Freeview Play.
TVs with Freeview Play built in give you access to endless entertainment without the need for any extra equipment. On the latest TVs, you can quickly and easily search for anything you’d like to watch across all the different Freeview Play on demand players. So, those not to be missed shows are never far away. Not sure what you’re in the mood for? The clever recommendations section showcases the best programmes and conveniently breaks them down by category. Selected TVs also give you access to popular streaming services like Netflix, NOW, Prime Video and more. Just have a quick look around the app store.
Follow these simple steps and say hello to the ultimate free TV service:
Freeview Play connects to the internet and your TV aerial to bring you a full choice of catch-up and on demand shows.
The standard version of Freeview comes built into all TVs now. If you also want catch-up and on demand options, you’ll need to look for a TV with Freeview Play.
Freeview Play combines your regular TV channels with catch-up and on demand apps. With this, you can watch your favourite shows when it best suits you.
TVs from the likes of Samsung, LG, Philips and Hisense are mainly smart, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch the usual Freeview channels you love. Just plug it into your aerial and pop some batteries in your remote. When you turn it on, you’ll be asked to connect it to your WiFi. You’ll then just need to tune the TV. This won’t be much work from your side – you’ll only need to press a few buttons and wait.
Freeview HD lets you watch the normal 70 channels, including 15 in HD. By watching in HD (high definition) instead of SD (standard definition), your shows will look a whole lot clearer.
You can connect your box with an ethernet cable, so it has a wired connection (more stable), but if you’re connecting wirelessly, all you have to do is go to the box's settings, find your Wi-Fi network, and then enter the network password. This can be found on your router or on a card given to you at the time the internet was installed.