CES 2015: Seiki supplies first Freeview Connect-enabled sets in UK
DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 06 January 2015
HDTV and 4K/Ultra HD display technology provider Seiki is claiming to be the first major TV brand to introduce HDTV models in the UK featuring the Freeview Connect TV service.
Launched in 2002 for the UK's DTT network, the subscription-free Freeview provides more than 60 digital TV channels as standard and additional ten HD channels when using an HD television or HD set-top box/recorder. Freeview Connect enables the online availability of the DTT service's broadcasters — such as the BBC iPlayer, 4oD and ITV player — as well as streaming media channels including Netflix and YouTube and more.
Seiki will offer Freeview Connect in its upcoming 32", 40" and 50"HD TV models by Q3 2015 with plans to expand to additional screen sizes by Q4 2015. "The goal of integrating Freeview Connect to Seiki TVs is to enable universal access to public service broadcasts via connected TVs in the UK market," said general manager Mickey Cho. "Seiki is proud to be one of the major TV brands working with Digital UK to build and provide Freeview-branded connected TVs. Seiki aims to bring to the market its own unique approach to make the connected TV experience simple and accessible to every TV buyer."