Freeview to launch app that combines live streaming and catch-up content for free-to-air networks
Freeview, Australia's umbrella brand for free-to-air TV networks, will soon launch a smartphone app allowing users to stream any local free-to-air channel for free. In addition to offering online live streams of local channels, the FreeviewPlus mobile app will aggregate ABC's, SBS's, Nine's, Seven's, and Ten's catch-up content.
"It’s clear that consumers are in charge of their viewing and they want the flexibility to watch what they want, when they want, on the best available screen at the time even when out of home," said Freeview CEO Liz Ross. "Freeview has responded to changing viewing habits and we are excited about the FreeviewPlus multi-screen future."
Freeview has yet to confirm when the FreeviewPlus mobile app will launch, and what platforms it will support. iOS and Android are however both a safe bet.
In recent months, Seven, Nine and Ten have all launched online streams simulcasts of their primary channels. Seven is currently the only commercial network to offer online streaming of its secondary channel, but Nine plans to offer this soon.
In terms of public broadcasters, ABC offers a live stream of both its main channel and News 24, while SBS has yet to jump onto the online simulcast bandwagon.