Freeview Brings Its Mobile App To Android Smartphones

Mike Wheatley

Freeview launched its first mobile app earlier this year, giving iPhone users the chance to watch its heavy mix of live and on-demand content while they’re out and about.


Now, Freeview is expanding availability of the app from iOS to Android as well, giving millions more smartphone users the chance to enjoy free British telly on the go.

With the Freeview app, it’s possible to stream live TV shows from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. It also lets users watch on-demand content from the BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, UKTV Play and the recently-added My5 service. The app is free to download too, though all users are required to have a TV licence to watch the programmes.

With the launch of the Android version, Freeview has released some interesting data about iOS users’ viewing habits. The data shows that thousands of users daily use the app to tune into the U.K.’s traditional breakfast TV shows including BBC Breakfast and ITV’s Good Morning Britain while they’re on their daily commute. Other popular shows include ITV’s dating reality show Love Island, and coverage of big sports events such as the Wimbledon tennis tournament and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Some of the features of the Freeview app include a handy, searchable 15-day TV guide, as well as personalised recommendations in categories such a Comedy, Drama and Kids. There’s also a filter for the TV guide so users can more easily browse through their favourite channels and skip over the ones they rarely watch.

“It has never been easier to become a Freeview viewer,” said Freeview Marketing Director Owen Jenkinson. “To start watching content, all you need is a smartphone, an internet connection and away you go, all the content you love, wherever and whenever you want it.”

The Freeview app for Android can be downloaded now on devices running Android 4.4 KitKat and later versions.

Freeview viewers recently gained another option for watching content from the comfort of their living rooms with the launch of Manhattan TV's new TVT3-R set-top box, which comes with up to 1 terabyte of storage for those who want to download content to watch later.