The Freeview App Now Lets You Watch Live TV on Your Phone, Assuming it's Made by Apple

By Tom Pritchard on at

These days it doesn't seem necessary to have a TV plugged into an aerial. Assuming you live somewhere with decent internet you could stream it all from the web, right? And by that same logic you should be able to watch broadcasts on your phone as if it were a mini TV.There were already plenty of ways to do that, but now there's another in the form of the official Freeview app.

The Freeview app has been around for a while, but this is the first time it's letting you watch TV. Assuming you have an iPhone or iPad, that is, because it'll only work on iOS. Still, if you're one of the many people that buys Apple products you will be able to watch live TV from the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, alongside on-demand content from iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, and UKTVPlay. It's all free, as the name suggests, and there are no subscription fees to worry about. Except the TV licence, of course.

Also included is a universal search feature, personalised recommendations, and a 15 day TV guide for those of you that don't know how to look them up online. Sadly Android users don't get these new streaming features, and the Freeview app on Google Play is still listed as a viewing guide. While it's expected that an Android version will arrive later this year, it means you're stuck with TV Player in the meantime. Not that this is a bad thing, since TV Player has more channels - a number of which are also free.

But iOS users, if you want something basic that won't try and ask you for money, this is worth checking out.