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UK’s Freeview TV service now has an app to stream and search its channels

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Released on iOS today, with an Android version to follow later in the year

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Freeview, the UK’s free-to-air digital TV platform, has released a new app that lets you watch all its on-demand content and some of its channels from one place. Live TV streams from the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 are available, as is on-demand content from iPlayer, the ITV Hub, All 4, My5, and UKTV Play.

Although all this content is already available through each broadcaster’s own mobile app, Freeview’s new software brings it together into a single service, complete with a universal search. A TV guide is available to browse what’s coming up and set reminders appropriately, and the app will also show curated recommendations for what to watch.

The Freeview app is available to download for free now on iOS, and it will be available on Android later in the year. Although the app itself doesn’t require a subscription, you’ll need a valid TV License and have to be in the UK if you want to watch either live or on-demand content.

Correction: An earlier version of this article included a claim that the Freeview app covers 95 percent of the UK’s most watched TV, but this figure actually refers to the amount of TV covered by Freeview Play. We have amended the article to reflect this.