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BBC Sounds launches on Freeview Play

All those people who own a Freeview Play device can now enjoy the BBC Sounds content directly from it. Millions of people listen to the radio regularly form their TVs. BBC Sounds has made listening to their favourite audio content easy with the introduction of the BBC Sounds TV app that offers a new way of listening. 


Now all listeners can make the best use of their TV’s sound system when listening to BBC Sounds. They can enjoy it with live and on-demand radio from over 50 BBC stations, music mixes curated by experts, artists, and special guests, as well as a wide range of award-winning podcasts.

The app that the BBC has introduced offers a personalised experience. It has smart recommendations that are based upon the previous listening of the user. It also has a Continue Listening feature regardless of whether they were previously listening on mobile, TV, or online. The app also provides listeners with control of what they are listening to. It enables them to skip forward or rewind 20 seconds and move to the previous or next episode. 

Freeview Play already had eight content players on it and BBC Sounds has become the ninth after the launch. The already existing ones include BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK, Horror Bites, and STV Player. 

BBC Sounds is the UK’s fastest-growing TV platform. It has over 11 million devices sold. The launch onto Freeview Play will significantly increase the reach of the BBC Sounds TV app. Listeners will also be able to access the app via the Explore Freeview Play Interface at Channel 100 on Freeview Play devices, making it even easier for users to discover the latest BBC Sounds content. 

Simon Hunt, the Director of Strategy and Business Development for Freeview Play, commented, “We are so pleased to be launching BBC Sounds on Freeview Play. We are now home to nine content players, delivering thousands of hours of on-demand content, all for free. There has never been a better time to become a Freeview Play viewer.” 

BBC Sounds begins rolling out across Freeview Play today, with full coverage coming soon. Devices will update with BBC Sounds automatically.

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