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Topic # 238129 4-Jul-2018 11:20
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Just received:

 

 

Freeview has commenced roll-out of a new On Demand TV Platform to replace the existing FreeviewPlus service. The new Freeview On Demand provides a more seamless experience and easier access to free shows and movies you can watch any time, directly on your TV.

 

Implemented in collaboration with leading New Zealand broadcasters (TVNZ, MediaWorks, Māori Television and RNZ), the new platform supersedes the broadcasters’ own TVNZ OnDemand, ThreeNow and Māori Television On Demand apps previously linked to FreeviewPlus.  By combining shows across all participating broadcasters into a single content library and streaming them all within the new Freeview On Demand platform, it greatly improves content discovery and access.

 

Viewers are free to browse by genre, catch up by channel or locate specific titles through the search feature.  

 

And rather than being sent to a show page on a linked broadcaster app, the show or movie selected by the viewer in the Freeview On Demand library will now play straight away. Viewers will be asked to register for a new Freeview account when they stream their first show, so they won’t need to register for multiple accounts as more content partners are added.  Signing up to a new Freeview account can also provide viewing history and deliver personalisation features in the future.

 

Freeview CEO, Jason Foden, says the platform has been designed with the viewer at the heart of the experience.

 

“Everything about the upgraded platform is designed to give our viewers the best experience possible. Its simple design and streamlined playback help to improve performance, a simpler mini guide points to a compelling On Demand library, the TV Guide provides more information at a glance, it’s easier to use and remains free.

 

“I’m confident the simplicity of the new platform and its visually-compelling interface will give Kiwis a greater viewing experience.” Foden concludes.

 

The new Freeview On Demand is available now on selected Smart TVs and will roll out over the coming week to all Smart TVs released since July 2015, as well as connected set top boxes and recorders.

 

Viewers who already have access to On Demand content through Freeview (or FreeviewPlus) will get an automatic upgrade. Those who do not currently access Freeview On Demand, but have fairly new Smart TV (2015-2017) can get it by simply connecting to a working TV antenna and broadband. 

 

And yes, as with everything from Freeview, the new Freeview On Demand platform, its full suite of features and content are all free to access.

 





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  Reply # 2048863 4-Jul-2018 11:31
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So - are they going to offer iOS and Android Freeview apps? Apple TV / Chromecast? Or is it still reliant on having an aerial and Freeview box/tv?

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  Reply # 2048879 4-Jul-2018 12:00
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kbkiwi: So - are they going to offer iOS and Android Freeview apps? Apple TV / Chromecast? Or is it still reliant on having an aerial and Freeview box/tv?

 

For the full experience they'd be nuts not to support Apple TV/Chromecast and offer mobile apps.  My only 'On Demand' device is a Dish TV T2200 so will be interesting to see how that firmware upgrade goes...  Would be good to have it run on my Android TV stick I have on the other TV.


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  Reply # 2048890 4-Jul-2018 12:12
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See this thread https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=83&topicid=238089 which would appear to indicate that you still need an aerial connected...

 

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  Reply # 2048891 4-Jul-2018 12:13
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On iOS there’s still the individual applications. Can access that way, it’s just you’ve got to know which broadcaster to search, not that there’s many of them, two main ones.

I just checked and TVNZ one is still working. Way I read Article the new Freeview one is just TVs Ariel connected.

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  Reply # 2048900 4-Jul-2018 12:26
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rugrat: On iOS there’s still the individual applications. Can access that way, it’s just you’ve got to know which broadcaster to search, not that there’s many of them, two main ones.

I just checked and TVNZ one is still working. Way I read Article the new Freeview one is just TVs Ariel connected.


I’m more interested in getting the livestreams of some of the Freeview channels like choice, hgtv, prime, maoriTv etc on applets or chromecast (as far as I know these channel don’t have apps available).

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  Reply # 2048914 4-Jul-2018 12:41
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kbkiwi:
rugrat: On iOS there’s still the individual applications. Can access that way, it’s just you’ve got to know which broadcaster to search, not that there’s many of them, two main ones.

I just checked and TVNZ one is still working. Way I read Article the new Freeview one is just TVs Ariel connected.


I’m more interested in getting the livestreams of some of the Freeview channels like choice, hgtv, prime, maoriTv etc on applets or chromecast (as far as I know these channel don’t have apps available).

 

Choice don't have an app, but their website has native chromecast support for on demand programs (and it's 100% advert free too!). I agree that an a freeview app that allows live streaming of all nationwide channels would be great. Freeview Australia have this (although on selected shows on the Ten Network are available, the other four networks are pretty much 24/7). Even the threenow app doesn't support live streaming of their channels with a chromecast.


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  Reply # 2049245 4-Jul-2018 20:51
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It would be great to see android or Kodi support for HBBTV. Sadly most of the current implementations are commercial for stbs




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  Reply # 2049425 5-Jul-2018 09:25
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openmedia: It would be great to see android or Kodi support for HBBTV. Sadly most of the current implementations are commercial for stbs

 

Excellent point, support for Kodi would be awesome!


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  Reply # 2050038 5-Jul-2018 19:04
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The requirement to have an aerial is silly if the programming is all delivered over the internet. It seems like a random and unnecessary restriction that achieves nothing for Freeview or its members (except reduce their potential audience and ad revenue), and greatly inconveniences people who can't get a terrestrial signal - a small, but not negligible, minority of NZ households. I'm not sure why they would do this?

 

If they want to drive uptake, I don't know why they haven't released iOS/Android apps that are are Airplay/Chromecast enabled. Those are the two main platforms, and are the main way people will either watch on portable devices or on non-smart TVs (of which there are still a lot - lurking in bedrooms and spare rooms etc).


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  Reply # 2050121 5-Jul-2018 21:16
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Actually I just discovered in my Samsung TV app list an app called "Freeview" which I don't think has always been there (maybe I just overlooked it) that presents a combined view of all on demand content from TVNZ, Three and Maori - or you can select content from each individually. This allows streaming without the need for an aerial connected. 


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  Reply # 2050183 5-Jul-2018 22:16
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I was going to ask what is the most cost-effective way to access Freeview On Demand if one doesn't have a smart TV, but I first checked Freeview's own site - it suggests there's only one set-top box for this, the Aerialbox T2100 (RRP $169).

 

https://freeviewnz.tv/get-freeview/approved-products/?page=1&categoryId=26&antennaTypeId=28

 

Are there any other options for this, if you don't want to go down the smart TV or recorder route?

 

It would be nice to no longer have to Airplay using the TV station's iOS apps, and I'm sure we'd use more of 'free-to-air' on-demand content if it was right there to be used. 

 

 


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  Reply # 2050369 6-Jul-2018 11:14
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Bump.

 

Are there any other set-top boxes that can do Freeview on Demand?

 

I've not been too impressed with the Dish TV recorder my mother has, and wonder if this box is similar quality.

 

The Aerialbox is $99 at TWH, so an ok price to get immediate access to on-demand TV, but still interested if there are better options. Thanks!

 

Then again, perhaps a newer Apple TV is the answer, given that'll also provide for Lightbox...


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  Reply # 2050387 6-Jul-2018 11:30
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jonathan18:

 

Bump.

 

Are there any other set-top boxes that can do Freeview on Demand?

 

I've not been too impressed with the Dish TV recorder my mother has, and wonder if this box is similar quality.

 

The Aerialbox is $99 at TWH, so an ok price to get immediate access to on-demand TV, but still interested if there are better options. Thanks!

 

Then again, perhaps a newer Apple TV is the answer, given that'll also provide for Lightbox... 

 

You're discounting actual Freeview recorders? The Panasonic range will give you access, subject to the need to have an aerial connected - but I suspect at a price-point way above what you are considering.


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  Reply # 2050399 6-Jul-2018 11:56
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It's not due to the price that I'm not interested in a recorder - we've already got two Tivos that we've not yet had modified, plus a fully working Magic TV in a box in the HT cupboard that I've not got around plugging in since Tivo stopped being supported - but more that we've kind of given up on recording live TV; we seem to be too used to on-demand viewing via Netflix etc!

 

So, yeah, covering all my bases would be easily achieved through getting the Tivos modified and/or plugging in the Magic TV, but then also getting a device that offers 'free to air' on demand content.

 

Increasingly, though, I'm thinking the most effective way to get this is via a 4th gen or 4K Apple TV, given that that will also provide Lightbox (and it would be replacing a current device - a 3rd gen Apple TV - as opposed to adding another). Does anyone have such an Apple TV they no longer need and want to sell?!

 

Still interested to see if there are any good Freeview on Demand-compatible set-top boxes, though, which may persuade me otherwise.


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  Reply # 2050419 6-Jul-2018 12:15
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allan:

 

Actually I just discovered in my Samsung TV app list an app called "Freeview" which I don't think has always been there (maybe I just overlooked it) that presents a combined view of all on demand content from TVNZ, Three and Maori - or you can select content from each individually. This allows streaming without the need for an aerial connected. 

 

 

My Sony KDL43W800C is listed as being a model with Freeview OnDemand.  It does not have an aerial connected and it does not have or allow download of the Freeview app.  FreeviewNZ is very clear "Tip! All SONY TVs only work with UHF aerial, so you'll need to have a working UHF aerial as well as UHF coverage to connect your TV antenna directly to your SONY TV. "  

 

Can you confirm that you dont have an aerial (and havent previously had) connected to your Sammy but you do have capability to stream Freeview content?


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