Talking Pictures considers smart TV catch-up option

Vintage film channel pondering options to enhance the service.

Talking Pictures has asked its viewers what they would think of a catch-up TV service via Freeview Play.

In a newsletter to viewers, Talking Pictures confirmed it was considering the Freeview Play option as one of the ways it could grow the channel.  Freeview Play is Freeview's hybrid TV service, built into many smart TVs, combining traditional linear TV with on-demand and catch-up TV.

If plans moved forward, Talking Pictures viewers would be given the ability to scroll back through the Electronic Programme Guide to catch-up on programmes screened in the past seven days.

The main linear TV service would continue as normal for the benefit of viewers with non-Freeview Play TVs and boxes and those who are happy to watch programmes as they are shown on TV.

Since the launch of Freeview Play in 2015, over five million compatible devices have been sold, with over 20,000 hours of on-demand content available for free on the service. The BBC, ITV, Channel 4, ViacomCBS and UKTV all operate catch-up services via Freeview Play.

Talking Pictures also launched in 2015. The family-owned channel shows archive films and series, many not shown elsewhere on TV for years. Since launch, coverage and reach of the channel has increased and is now available on all main UK TV platforms.

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