Freeview Catch-Up

Aussie viewers love TV on their terms
- 1.2 billion minutes of TV streamed last month -
- Free Video on Demand eclipses Subscription Video on Demand -

Australians’ love affair with TV continues, streaming an unprecedented 1.2 billion minutes of catch-up and live streaming TV in the past month, according to the latest OzTAM VPM 28 Day Rolling Report.

In addition, 5.14 million Australians – the highest-ever number – are streaming Free Video on Demand (FVOD) content, eclipsing 3.53 million for Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD)*.

Strong content across tenplay, 9Now, PLUS7, ABC iview and SBS on Demand has driven the increase, particularly Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules, Nine Network’s Married at First Sight, Network Ten’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, SBS’s Vikings, and ABC iview’s Newton’s Law.

The results also reflect the success of free-to-air TV innovations like the Freeview FV mobile app and FreeviewPlus, allowing Australians to watch catch-up TV anywhere, anytime.

Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross said people are increasingly focused on convenience and flexibility and how they watch TV is no exception.

“We’ve seen a big appetite for our streaming products that give viewers access to the best of TV, for free, on whatever device they choose.

“This time 10 years ago, Australian viewers only had access to five free-to-air channels, whereas today we have more than 25. TV is everywhere and any time, and with streaming services supplementing traditional TV viewing, it looks certain that we have entered a golden era of TV.

“It’s great to see such significant growth in catch-up TV consumption, which by and large has been in addition to traditional TV consumption. Australians are still watching, on average, 2 hours and 39 minutes of broadcast television on their TV each day1,” said Ross.

Freeview is the free digital television service in Australia which delivers clever, easy-to-use digital products so Australians can watch their favourite TV programs, anywhere, anytime.

Launched in November last year, Freeview FV delivers live streaming from 20 free-to-air TV channels and catch-up content from all networks with just one click. FreeviewPlus is a world-leading hybrid TV service which gives Australians access to all available catch-up TV programs in one place, on their TV.

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Except for the news we do not watch any TV as it goes to air. We record all the shows we like and watch them at a time that suits us, it is so much more convenient.

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same @Noel

They really need to look at Android TV to have a native interface for that platform. Seven are the only ones to so far embrace Android TV. Especially with the upcoming Android O and the focus shifting from apps to channels. Surprised that none of the other networks have bothered with Android TV.

Freeview FV upgrade supports Chromecast

Freeview FV, the world-first free-to-air TV live streaming and catch-up mobile app from Freeview, now supports Google Chromecast.

The new feature means any TV with Chromecast support can deliver one-stop free-to-air TV for both streaming and catch-up, managed simply through a smartphone or tablet.

“We want everyone in every household to be able to watch free-to-air TV on their terms, where and when they choose and now viewers have the option of a bigger screen that may not be connected to an aerial. This makes Freeview FV even more convenient,” said Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross.

Chromecast allows users to discover and control content from their smartphone or tablet and view it on their TV through either built in Chromecast functionality or the simple addition of a Chromecast dongle. Freeview FV Chromecast support is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Australian broadcasters are regarded internationally as being at the forefront of television streaming and this month Freeview FV took out the International Grand Prix Award and Best TV/Video Service Update or Launch Award at the Connie Awards.

Launched in November 2016, Freeview FV is available on iOS and Android mobile and tablets, delivering TV straight into viewers’ hands.

Freeview FV delivers live streaming of 20 free-to-air TV channels and the catch-up content from all broadcasters with just one click. Available channels include: ABC, SBS, Seven, Channel 9, TEN, ONE, Eleven ABC2/ABC KIDS, ABC ME, ABC News 24, SBS VICELAND, Food Network, NITV, 7TWO, 7Mate, 7Flix,, 9Gem, 9Go! and 9Life. More live channels will be added as they become available.