Available now is a new Freeview mobile app for Android and iOS that allows you to stream live TV channels, watch catchup episodes and check the TV guide. Given every free-to-air channel needed to come together to make this service happen, it’s frankly amazing this app exists at all.
The streaming of 16 TV channels include ABC, SBS, Seven, Channel 9, TEN, ONE, ABC2/ABC KIDS, ABC ME, ABC News 24, 7TWO, 7Mate, 7Flix, Racing.com, 9Gem, 9Go! and 9Life and more will be added as they become available.
This is fantastic news for those who have to attend social or business occasions, but have some down time to kill. No longer do you have to be concerned with your proximity to a TV to catch your favourite sporting event or TV show. This is fantastic news and a big win for consumers as Freeview continues to battle Pay TV services like Foxtel and online streaming like Netflix.
For live sport, Freeview FV mirrors the networks’ sporting rights agreements. This means some content won’t be available.
Of course there’s still advertisements in the content, but if you miss a show, you’ll now have a quick and easy place to go find catch-up content from all the free-to-air networks including SBS On Demand, ABC iview, PLUS7, 9Now, and Tenplay. This further puts a nail in the coffin of DVRs.
The app is developed by Freeview, and if you go searching the stores for the app, look for the app called ‘Freeview FV’ app for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones (nobody uses Android tablets anyway).
TV Guide apps are generally horrible and often cost money. The new app includes a pretty decent guide where you can add favourites and reminders functions.
CEO of Freeview, Liz Ross says,
“This is a fantastic new way for people to enjoy TV on their terms and never miss a thing, especially when they’re on the go. It’s great news for viewers and we’ve worked hard to create a powerful, simple and user-friendly experience”
When you consider the prospect of watching TV shows for hours on end, you instantly consider how comfortable it’d be to hold a device for that time. Thankfully the Freeview FV can be streamed to a smart TV, Chromecast, Apple TV using AirPlay and more.