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More choice for TV consumers as Hitachi becomes FreeviewPlus certified

More choice for TV consumers as Hitachi becomes FreeviewPlus certified

Freeview is pleased to announce that Hitachi is the third manufacturer to be certified for FreeviewPlus, with the new launch into market of the Hitachi VC326000 TV. FreeviewPlus is the new TV service that provides access to more content and services from the Freeview networks.

Liz Ross, CEO of Freeview, said: “We’re thrilled that Hitachi has joined Sony and LG to offer consumers FreeviewPlus-certified receivers – providing the market with greater choice and access to the FreeviewPlus’s service.

“FreeviewPlus has been developed to provide Australians with the best free-to-air TV experience in the world.” Ross added.

Launched last September, FreeviewPlus is a world-first TV service for Australia, incorporating the most advanced, user-friendly free-to-air EPG experience yet seen.

FreeviewPlus delivers the Freeview networks’ Catch Up services from one place on TV screens for the first time. Access to Catch Up and other services is easy, with viewers simply using the coloured buttons on their remote.

Ziad Yaacoub, Product and Sales Manager of Tempo Australia said: “Tempo Australia is excited to bring the Hitachi VC326000 TV to market as a FreeviewPlus certified receiver. We strive to deliver the ultimate TV viewing experience, and know that this now means providing access to FreeviewPlus.”

The Hitachi VC326000 TV is a new full HD LED Smart TV with DVD, offering premium features for an affordable price. It is on sale from today for $599 at Myer, and will shortly also be available from Big W, Harvey Norman, Bing Lee, Kambo and Dick Smith.
The FreeviewPlus service uses hybrid TV technology, which seamlessly combines broadband and broadcast TV. The technology also enables the free-to-air networks to introduce a range of new broadband services. Additional certified manufacturers will be announced soon.

FreeviewPlus offers an array of new features including:

  • A 7-day, easy-to-use EPG
  • Access to available free-to-air Catch Up services in one place on the TV
  • Recommendations of the best programs on today, on Catch Up and in the future
  • The ability to browse and search programs across the next 7 days
  • A favourites function that keeps track of programs on live and Catch Up TV

For further information, please visit: www.freeviewplus.com.au