What is Freeview Play?
Freeview Play is an on-demand service which offers access to catch-up content from the UK’s core free-to-air channels. Generally the content is from the last 7 days, and you use a programme guide on the screen to select what to watch.
All content has to be downloaded to your Freeview HD TV or Freeview recorder, so you need a broadband connection active at home. The speed of the download will depend on your connection, but if you have superfast fibre you should be able to download whole shows in a few minutes, and start watching before the download is even finished.
Freeview and Freeview Play are subscription-free services, so you get the benefits of on demand, as well as a range of channels, without being tied to a contract or monthly fee.
On demand platforms
You’ll be able to download content from BBC iPlayer, the ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5.
BBC iPlayer features shows from BBC One and BBC Two, while the ITV Hub includes content from ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV.
All 4 offers catch-up streaming from Channel 4, E4, More4, Film4 and 4seven, and Demand 5 has shows from 5, 5 Star, 5 USA and Spike.
STV Player is available for those who can receive STV channels
Accessing Freeview Play
You will need a Freeview HD TV or Freeview recorder, and then you have to connect this to your home broadband.
You can do this by plugging the Ethernet cable from your router directly into the TV or set-top box. You also need to ensure that the aerial is connected and working properly.
You will then be able to scroll back on your TV guide to content that has already aired, and watch on demand.
Freeview Play apps
Freeview Play also lets you use popular apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube. You can use the on-screen menu to select the app you want, and your broadband connection provides access. You can stream content direct to your TV, and you’ll see the best streaming results with fibre-optic broadband.