Televisions running Android TV with Freeview Play are getting a brand new interface, which comes with a Discover tab of personalised recommendations based on users viewing history and what’s currently trending on Google.
The updated interface is rolling out to TVs across the country now and comes at no extra cost to users. The interface is very similar to Google TV – introduced on the
Chromecast with Google TV – as the firm transitions over to the new branding over time.
Also coming to the interface is a redesigned TV guide called On Now, with a clearer layout and design for users to understand. There’s also an update to the On Demand section, so content rows have direct links to the streaming players for quick access.
Freeview Play features over 30,000 hours’ worth of on-demand content, with ten major streaming services: BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK, Horror Bites, STV Player, POP Player and BBC Sounds.
Popular shows that can be watched on Freeview Play include
Line of Duty, Love Island and The OC.
This update comes after Freeview rolled out a
universal search feature to Freeview TVs and set-top boxes, as well as an
accessible TV guide for users with hearing and visual impairments.
Freeview Play rolled out to
more Android TV models from Philips and Sharp in March of last year.
You can get lots of different Android TV models from the likes of
Sony, Philips and Toshiba. Android TVs boast a simple and clear OS, all the Android apps you need and Google Chromecast.
If you’d like to know how Android TVs compare to models from Amazon Fire TV, Roku and other smart TVs, check out our roundup of the
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