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CES 2015: Seiki to launch first Freeview Connect TVs

The Freeview Connect service was announced last year and aims to deliver live and on-demand TV from the key UK channels over the internet, while also giving access to the likes of Netflix and YouTube on the same platform.

And it seems Seiki might just be the first manufacturer to market with Freeview Connect TVs, due out by Q3 later this year in a range of screen sizes from 32in to 50in.

Seiki is calling its take on the smart TV interface 'Muse TV', and it should allow you to skip seamlessly forwards and backwards through the new Freeview Connect EPG as well as access on demand TV and film services, including BBC iPlayer.

The company made its name with super-cheap 4K TVs but these sets will only be full HD resolution models for now, though a Seiki representative told What Hi-Fi? there would be 4K models to come later in the year.

Seiki Digital is owned by Chinese company, Tsinghua Tongfang, has its HQ in the US and has recently expanded in to the UK with a factory in Port Talbot, Wales.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.