Free to air networks have joined forces to create content, for what we all know as Freeview Plus. Allowing access to live streaming and catch-up television, it brings you so much TV in the one place. The system is built around the Hybrid Broadcasting Broadband TV (HbbTV) standard, designed to integrate TV broadcasts and streaming video.
Where is Freeview Plus available?
- Available in most areas, if you are looking to purchase a TV with this capability, go to the Freeview Australia website to make sure you have full access in your area.
What is available on Freeview Plus?
- Channels available are as follows:
- FreeViewPlus have a plethora of services. Firstly, it is the modern day equivalent of the video recorder. You can record your favourite shows on it without having to have an external device. All these shows will be in one place on your TV.
- It also becomes your TV guide. You can look at what is coming up in the next 7 days and go backwards to see what is on Catch Up TV. It allows you to continue to watch something, whilst you scroll for other shows and channels.
- Browse and search if you’re not sure what you’re in the mood to watch. You can browse by category and then punch in the title of the show you wish to view.
- Keep your favourites, access them at any time and binge watch if you choose. FreeViewPlus will also notify you when it is about to expire in Catch Up.
- Set reminders so you will never miss your favourites. The TV will tell you when the show is about to come on.
- For a visual guide, go to the Australian Freeview website and you can watch a step by step instructional video on how to setup FreeViewPlus and all the features it allows.
Launched back in 2008, Freeview was promoted as Australia’s free to air service to provide content to all Australians. Since its beginning, it now includes more channels, as well as a catch-up service, delivering to all of us Australia wide.
Is Freeview Plus free?
Even though provided by Freeview Australia for free, connecting to the service will require a broadband connection and keep in mind, any data used will be counted towards your broadband plan.
Is it available in regional areas?
As it works through various developmental stages across regional Australia, you can always confirm if it is available through this link.
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What do you need to consider when choosing your TV?
What resolution screen will you need? Full HD TV offers you a 1080p Full HD resolution, consisting of 1920 pixels x 1080 (1080p), which can be up to 5x sharper than a normal TV. Ultra HD TV has 2160 pixels x 1080 resolution and when you step up to 4K Ultra HD TV, you’re looking at 3840 pixels by 2160, offering you 4x the picture resolution of Full HD. This equates to around 8 million pixels which is 4x what a 1080p screen can display.
What size TV will best fit the room? From a simple 32 inch LED TV to a big screen suitable for a home theatre, you’ll need to consider how much space you have to work with. As a basic rule for most TV’s, you should be able to sit back about three times the height of the TV. When it comes to a 4K Ultra HD TV, a recommended distance is approximately 1.5x the height of the TV screen.
What is Smart TV? Quite simply, Smart TV, also known as Internet TV, is any TV that has internet connectivity. Some of the Apps TCL Smart TVs run are Netflix (provider of TV shows and movies accessible only online), HBBTV (Both standard and free to air services – Freeview Plus) and Go Live (The ability to stream international content from around the world).