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The online complement to the Freeview service in the UK, Freeview Play, has smashed through the five million sales barrier, the digital terrestrial service has confirmed.
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Launched in 2015, Freeview Play gives viewers access to live, catch up and on-demand programming. It includes subscription-free availability to the BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and UKTV Play catch-up services and up to 35 channels in all. Earlier in December 2018, Freeview Play viewers became the first to receive catch-up and on-demand content from the CBS UK Channel Portfolio, through two new players; Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK. In January the platform will launch its mobile app, offering catch-up and live TV on the go. Further manufacturer and content announcements are due early in 2019.

Freeview has also revealed that over three million of these devices are being used by active users and that this number is expected to surpass four million in the third quarter of 2019, making it the UK’s fastest growing TV platform.

Technical development of Freeview Play, including product specification, is being led by Digital UK. Commenting on breaking the sales barriers, its CEO Jonathan Thompson said: “Three million active users in three years demonstrates that collaboration can work for industry and viewers., CEO, Digital UK, With the launch of our Mobile App, new device and content partners, it’s looking like a very promising 2019.”