Freeview's Android App Adds Live TV Streaming

By James O Malley on at

Good news for Android users looking for some TV to watch: the Freeview app is finally available, long after the iOS release.

Trusted Reviews reports that the app will work on Android devices running KitKat (4.4) and above.

Essentially the app is more like the electronic programme guide (EPG) on your TV than a streaming app: It'll show you the schedules for the free to air channels, and crucially lets you not just see what is coming up, but also what is available on demand. Though if you do want to actually watch on your device, all the Freeview app does is kick you out to the broadcasters' own apps like the BBC iPlayer and UKTV Play. And yes, this does mean that if you do want to watch something on Channel 4, you still have to endure the abject horror that is the All4 on-demand app.

The on-demand section could be genuinely useful: It combines listings from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, and UKTV to show you at a glance everything that's available across all of the streaming platforms.

In the press release for the app, Freeview also reminds us that we're living in a dystopian panopticon by sharing some of the data insights learned from tracking users of the iOS version of the app: People reportedly use it to watch BBC Breakfast and Good Morning Britain on their morning commutes, and that Love Island has proved popular too. For the love of god, someone tell these people about podcasts. [Trusted Reviews]