Livestream Every Australian TV Channel On Your Phone (Soon)

Following Freeview's announcement that the FreeviewPlus service now reaches 900,000 Australians, it has today been revealed that a new FreeviewPlus live streaming and catch-up TV mobile app is to be launched. The app will feature every Australian Free To Air (FTA) network — including SBS.

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Freeview CEO, Liz Ross, said she was delighted that the strength of collaboration across the FTA broadcasters around the program had also influenced the decision by SBS to re-join Freeview.

FreeviewPlus launched in 2014 just after SBS announced it's own HbbTV service and in 2015 the network removed itself from Freeview completely.

"We have an exciting year ahead in free-to-air television and the spirit of progress and collaboration will deliver some significant innovations in 2016," Ross said. "We’re especially glad to welcome SBS back to the Freeview family."

"It’s clear that consumers are in charge of their viewing and they want the flexibility to watch what they want, when they want, on the best available screen at the time even when out of home," Ross said.

"Freeview has responded to changing viewing habits and we are excited about the FreeviewPlus multi-screen future."

A new chairman for Freeview, Seven West Media Chief Digital Officer Clive Dickens, has stepped in to replace Kim Dalton — who served seven years in the role.

“We would like to thank Kim for his vision and energy in the role," incoming Chairman Dickens said. "Under his stewardship, Freeview has launched the award-winning hybrid TV service FreeviewPlus delivering Australian audiences the best in FTA TV technology.

"This year will continue to be one of collaboration and innovation for Freeview leading with FreeviewPlus mobile product and we look forward to announcing even more exciting IP initiatives in the coming months," Dickens said.

Further improvements to the service will also be made, including upgrading FreeviewPlus which will allow viewers access to "a wider range of features and functionality, the details of which will be announced later this year," a statement from Freeview reads.



    This is great news. One of the factors for slower adoption of the tv networks streaming services is the fragmentation of all the apps. Having all channels all in one place is definitely a step in the right direction.

    Does this mean sports (like AFL) will be able to stream live without a subscription to a specific app?

      Highly doubtful, Telstra paid big money for the exclusive mobile streaming rights for both the NRL and AFL, no way they let that go for free to anyone with access to a smart phone!

      No chance. They all have their own digital rights agreements which FTA channels don't own. You'll just be watching reality cooking shows, family fued and home & away reruns.

    Sweet, now I can have Freeview advertising anywhere I want, and I can have lower third Channel Ten ads right in the comfort of my commute.

    On a serious note, how much would consumers have to pay in order to replace the funding from advertising? I suspect no matter what number it is, I'll be dissapointed.

      Check out the UK's TV licence fees for an extremely unscientific comparison -- about $280 per year.

        Well after a small amount of research I've determined that the ABC's annual budget (before the 2015 cuts) was around $1 Billion. Which, distributed across an assumed 23 Million people would be about $40 - $50 annually. So to sustain the ABC, SBS, Ten, Win and Southern Cross would actually be quite comparable to the UK TV licence. So if we as a county wanted impartial television without advertising, it'd be the same cost per tax payer as Stan and Netflix. Kinda puts things into perspective.

    I would guess removing adverts would open many more programming slots, while a good thing for us, means they would need to purchase more shows and up the cost?

      You'd think that... However the reality is that you'd be getting ads for TV shows, kind of how Foxtel used to be.

    It would be the realisation of something I thought would be cool as a ten-year-old, a portable TV.

    But I really feel that it would be far from a major service I would use today, more along the lines of an app you like the idea of for 5 minutes but never get around to using much after it's installed. I'm not a fan of Dancing With The Stars, American Pickers, or Catalyst after that Wi-Fi abomination.

    I like this, however don't have an issue with using multiple apps... I don't like the "all your eggs in one basket" because there are some don't want, so why have unnecessary clutter ? Some people like like which is why u have Foxtel, regardless of u watching ever single channel in the basic package or not... u cant make that choice, which how many channels u want, but i do like Freeeviews ability to do this. Business is business, and i bet everyone else now wants a piece of the action how Freeview make this happen. While the rest of us are waiting.

    Last edited 12/03/16 2:40 pm

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