Freeview Play rounds out catch-up TV offering with My5 addition

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or abroad) for the past few years, you’ll have heard of Freeview Play. Hell, there’s a good chance you watch TV through the service everyday.

The free TV platform, which combines live TV (70 channel, including 15 in HD) with UK on-demand catch-up apps, is integrated into an increasing number of TVs and set-top boxes – and its content offering is also growing.

The service has just integrated My5, offering on-demand streaming of Channel 5 programmes such as House, Law & Order and Neighbours via an internet connection.

The My5 addition rounds out Freeview Play's UK catch-up TV catalogue, which already included BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All4, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK and Horror Bites.

It also means Freeview Play now boasts 20,000 hours of content. As Freeview’s marketing director Owen Jenkinson points out, “that’s over two years of solidly watching TV, day and night”. According to Freeview, pay-for services like Amazon Prime Video and NOW TV offer 22,600 hours and 12,600 hours respectively.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.