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Published on September 24th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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BBC Sounds launches on Freeview Play

BBC Sounds becomes the ninth content player to launch on Freeview Play, giving access to over 80,000 hours of free audio content. 

Music, radio and podcast fans can now enjoy BBC Sounds content directly from their Freeview Play device. 

Regular listening to the radio via TV is already widespread, and the new BBC Sounds TV app will give BBC listeners another way to listen to audio content. BBC Sounds will be available through TV sound systems, offering 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 offers a personalised experience, with recommendations based on previous listening, and a Continue Listening feature, regardless of whether they were previously listening on mobile, TV or online. Listeners will also be in control of what they are listening to, with the facility to skip forward or rewind 20 seconds and move to the previous or next episode.

BBC Sounds is the ninth content player to launch on Freeview Play, joining BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK, Horror Bites and STV Player. 

Launching onto Freeview Play, the UK’s fastest growing TV platform with over 11 million devices sold, will considerably extend the reach of the BBC Sounds TV app. The app will also be accessible via the Explore Freeview Play interface at Channel 100 on Freeview Play devices.

Simon Hunt, Director of Strategy and Business Development for Freeview Play, said: “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 (September 24th), with full coverage coming soon.

Devices will update with BBC Sounds automatically. More information on supported devices may be found at: https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/bbc-sounds

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