What is Freely? BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 announce new smart TV platform run by operator of Freeview

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Freely has been described as ‘access to a free, aggregated live TV experience that champions British content’

A new free TV service which will bring together live schedules and on-demand shows from the four public service broadcasters (PSBs) into one platform has been announced. 

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have revealed that viewers will soon be able to browse and watch live TV channels together, with on-demand content also streamed straight to their smart TV via the internet.

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Freely, which is due to be launched next year, will be built into smart TVs and feature a line-up of PSBs and other free-to-air channels. So, what do we know so far about Freely, will it be available on all smart TVs, and what does the launch mean for Freeview? Here’s everything we know so far.

What is Freely?

Freely will provide a new way of viewing live and on-demand content from the four main channel operators, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 via an