Freely, a new free streaming service, is coming to the UK

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Backed by nan BBC, ITV, and more.

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Freely, a caller free streaming service, is coming to nan UK, backed by awesome broadcasters BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5.

The news was unveiled connected Sunday by Everyone TV, a associated task of nan channels. According to nan website, Freely will let viewers to "switch seamlessly" betwixt unrecorded and connected request TV from nan broadcasters, which astir apt intends viewers are still up for nan UK's required £159 yearly TV licence interest — not wholly "free" then.

Launching successful nan 2nd 4th of 2024, Freely will beryllium accessible successful immoderate location pinch a WiFi connection. Whether nan work will person a dedicated standalone app hasn't been announced. Freely is besides moving pinch BBC Studios' accumulation institution UKTV to grow entree to its portfolio of free channels, for illustration Dave, Drama, and Yesterday.

How Freely's programming will comparison to nan subscription-based streaming work BritBox, founded by BBC and ITV, remains to beryllium seen. It's besides unclear really different nan level will beryllium to nan broadcasters' individual streaming platforms BBC iPlayer, ITVX, All4, and My5, and whether Freely will beryllium an easy amalgamation of these platform's afloat catalogues aliases a constricted offering.

Everyone TV shared features of Freely's UI, including a pop-up mini guideline erstwhile users move channels, a Freely browse fastener coming to remotes, and a seven-day TV guideline to observe content.

"It’s clear nan measurement group are watching TV is changing, pinch much audiences switching complete to a broadband only connection. We’ve built Freely astir nan needs of British audiences," Sarah Milton and Carl Pfeiffer, associated main merchandise officers astatine Everyone TV, said successful a statement, "bringing them nan state to take really they want to watch, pinch each their favourite shows from nan UK’s starring broadcasters each successful 1 spot for free."

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Meera is simply a Culture Reporter astatine Mashable, joining nan UK squad successful 2021. She writes astir integer culture, intelligence health, large tech, entertainment, and more. Her activity has besides been published successful The New York Times, Vice, Vogue India, and others.

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