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New Freeview mobile app lets viewers watch content without an aerial

Arqiva acted as technology partner on the project

Freeview will launch its new mobile app on 22nd January.

It means that for the first time, viewers will be able to watch Freeview content without needing an aerial.

The app will launch on iOS initially, will an Android version set to launch “in early 2019.” Users will be able to stream live channels from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 as well as access on-demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, and UKTV Play.

Freeview says the new service has “only been made possible through the collaboration between Digital UK and Freeview’s common shareholders, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva, who led the software build.”

Arqiva acted as technology partner to Digital UK by developing both the app and integrating it with the content providers’ metadata feeds.

Jonathan Thompson, CEO, Digital UK said, “In an increasingly fragmented media landscape, the new Freeview mobile app is an excellent example of broadcaster and industry collaboration in action.”