BBC, ITV and Channel 4, Channel 5 are on board, and more recently UKTV’s suite of channels were added, allowing access to UKTV Gold and Dave, amongst others.With that said, there are still some channels that aren’t included.We’ve explored this above with the way different program guides are laid out, but because Freeview Play is a platform rather than a single piece of software, the experience can vary a lot between different pieces of hardware and different manufacturers.With 19 out of the top 20 manufacturers now supporting Freeview Play, that’s a lot of differentiation.So although Freeview Play is a solid piece of software, how well it performs will ultimately depend on the hardware it’s installed on, and you should always look for specific reviews of the hardware in question rather than simply relying on the inclusion of 4K.Beyond the EPG, Freeview Play will also make attempts to introduce you to content you might not be immediately familiar with via its recommended section.If you live in the UK then there’s a good chance you’ll be familiar with Freeview, the UK’s free-to-air digital broadcaster.
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However, depending on the manufacturer of the hardware you’re using the interface could work much differently, instead allowing you to scroll through programs by going left and right, and scroll through different channels by heading up and down.
Although catch-up services like i Player currently allow you to quickly and easily restart a program that’s currently running, this functionality isn’t available through Freeview Play.
For the most part these differences amount to simple changes like appearance and the way different sections are laid out, but sometimes they can be a little more fundamental.
For example, certain televisions and set-top boxes give you the ability to record upcoming programs to either a built-in hard drive or an attached USB stick, but this is functionality that’s been built on top of Freeview Play, rather than being offered by the platform itself.