Freeview has introduced a new recorder that combines live TV and on demand services accessible via smart TVs and set top boxes.
It is being produced by New Zealand company Dish TV and is scheduled to be available in Q1 2018. Freeview says it will be the first device to combine Freeview Live TV, Freeview On Demand and Freeview Record capabilities in one unit compatible with both UHF aerials and satellite dishes.
It will offer the Freeview TV Guide, the ability to ‘live pause’ and to record live TV. A mobile app will provide access to the guide and allow the user to set recordings remotely.
Freeview says it will also soon launch a new Freeview On Demand platform to replace the existing FreeviewPlus service.
It said the fragmented nature of content delivery through various network streaming apps made the platform difficult to use.
“In a truly viewer-centric approach, the new Freeview On Demand platform will feature a single application combining all broadcaster content in one simple-to-use interface for both content discovery and streaming,” Freeview said.
The new Freeview On Demand platform will be available across all smart TVs released since 2015, HbbTV-capable set top boxes and recorders connected to both broadband internet and a TV antenna (satellite dish or UHF aerial).
For viewers with only a broadband connection, Freeview On Demand will also be available as a Smart TV app on some smart TV brands.