With free-to-air TV fighting for relevance in the face of streaming services, digital TV service Freeview has launched streaming access to a all free-to-air TV (other than select sports and other exclusive rights content) over the web.
Freeview launched the new FV service over the web at midnight. It brings together live streams and catch-up services from more than 20 FTA TV channels on a Mac or PC. Freeview says you can use any current browser to access the free FV website.
To access the service, go to the Freeview web site and click on the "Watch TV" link.
As well as the streaming content, there's a TV guide for all FTA channels and a program recommendation tool to help you find content of interest.
Freeview CEO Liz Ross says “Aussies have completely free access to more than 10,000 programs with Freeview. There are no subscription fees, it’s available wherever you are, on whichever device you’re on and at whatever time you want to watch TV".
With TV shifting from a scheduled to an on-demand service for most content, this is a good thing. And while the mobile apps don't stream content directly - you still need the mobile apps for each network, it's a convenient front-end for everything. I can find the shows I like in the Freeview FV app, tap them and they launch in the corresponding network's mobile app.
It won't be long until antenna installations are a thing of the past, assuming you can get a decent internet connection.