This story happened in November, but has escaped my attention until now.
On the 17th November (2020), Pop Player launched on most Freeview Play devices connected to the internet.
The new player provides on-demand content from Sony’s three children’s channels; Pop, Pop Max, and Tiny Pop. The player can be accessed via the portal on channel 100, or the Freeview Play button.
From launch, Humax 4000/5000t and LG devices were not compatible with the service.
The BBC Sounds app, allowing users to access radio, podcasts, and playlists from the BBC, is now available on some Freeview Play devices.
Humax have confirmed that the FVP-4000T and FVP-5000T Freeview Play recorders can access the app via the Explore Freeview Play interface, which can be found on channel 100 when the device is connected to the internet.
It has not been confirmed if other Humax devices, or devices from other manufacturers, can access the app.
The catch up service from Scottish broadcaster STV, STV Player, is now available nationally across the UK.
1500 hours of free content are currently available on the service. With the service now available UK wide, Freeview Play has eight on demand players available for free.
STV is the ITV franchise holder for central and north Scotland, and is the only franchise not directly controlled by ITV itself.