Freeview is the body representing free to air TV stations, and also the enhanced TV system used on many stations in Australia. If you have a modern TV you may well see the Freeview+ logo in the left corner on some stations. That offers an advanced Electronic Program Guide (EPG) and the ability to stream shows that you’ve missed via the Internet. Now Freeview (the body) is extending its streaming reach to mobile devices with the announcement of the Freeview FV app.
It will allow more than fifteen FTA (free to air) channels to be streamed live via the Internet directly to mobile devices. In addition it will feature an EPG, include the ability to browse and search for programs, provide viewing recommendations and allow access to catch-up TV.
The CEO of Freeview, Liz Ross, says “For the first time globally, an FTA industry has united to create and deliver a powerful consumer experience. Freeview FV will deliver fantastic choice and convenience in one place, it is simple and-easy to-use, and it will meet the needs of audiences wherever they may be. From live streaming news and current affairs during the morning commute to catching-up on a favourite TV program on the way home, Freeview FV will completely revolutionise access to the free-to-air TV offering in Australia.”
The new app is expected for November. There’s no word yet on which platforms it will be available for.