freeview_play_720-1The full technical specification for Freeview Play has been published, opening the door for more TV and set top box makers to integrate the internet-connected service into their products.

Launched last year, Freeview Play combines broadcast channels with catch-up content from iPlayer, All4 and ITV Player to ensure TV fans never miss their favourite shows.

Previously available only via formal registration, the specification details the technologies required to design and implement Freeview Play TVs and boxes and has been published by Digital UK which has led the platform’s development.

All Freeview Play products must include the following features:

  • Support for advanced player applications based on HTML 5.0
  • A 7-day scroll-back TV guide – with direct access to on-demand content
  • Enhanced EPG data to provide additional programme information and images
  • Improved interactive services, such BBC Red Button+
  • Adaptive bitrate streaming – video quality is optimised for a range of broadband speeds
  • Seamless ad insertion – smoother delivery of advertising in on-demand programming

James Jackson, Technical Director at Digital UK, said: ‘Our decision to openly publish the technical specifications for Freeview Play will make it easier for manufacturers to bring products to market and help broadcasters around the world develop their own enhanced, hybrid TV services.’

Freeview Play is currently available in Panasonic TVs and Panasonic and Humax recorders. More devices from LG, Manhattan and multi-brand manufacturer Vestel are expected this year.

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