- Freeview is a streaming app exclusive to the U.K. that offers free, ad-supported digital television.
- You can watch Freeview on an LG smart TV in the U.K. without signing up, but signing up gives you access to on-demand content.
- To watch Freeview on an LG smart TV, open the LG Content Store, search for the Freeview app, download it, and open the app.
- Pros of Freeview include free access to many channels and on-demand content, easy usability, and high-definition streaming.
If you’re based in the United Kingdom, then you probably get tired of hearing about all the American streaming apps region-locked in your area. However, there are just as many streaming channels exclusive to the U.K. that those in the United States cannot access. Included among these highly coveted streamers is Freeview. But is there a way to watch Freeview on an LG smart TV in the United Kingdom? Here’s what you need to know.
Can You Watch Freeview on LG webOS?
If you’re in the U.K. and bought an LG Smart TV within the last ten years or so, odds are it’s running on LG webOS. Starting in 2014, LG began rolling out this webOS interface across a wide network of devices on the market. Its smart TVs are, of course, included in this. This streaming hub allows you to stream movies, television shows, and other content right from apps on the TV. No need for a box, stick, or other streaming device to help you out.
Thanks to LG webOS, you can watch Freeview on an LG smart TV in the U.K. This joint venture between some of the United Kingdom’s top television providers — including BBC, ITV, Sky, and Channels 4 and 5 — offers free, ad-supported digital television at no additional cost to its users. Also known as Freeview Play, this streaming app functions as a centralized hub for all of the U.K.’s top streaming channels and catch-up services.
Do You Have to Sign Up to Watch Freeview?
Unlike most of the top streamers around, you do not have to sign up for anything to enjoy Freeview on an LG smart TV. However, not signing up will limit your access to certain parts of the Freeview app. For example, all on-demand content will be locked behind the sign-in screen. What’s more, you’ll also need an account for each individual television station’s designated player (such as BBC iPlayer, All 4, My5, and so on).
Thankfully, it doesn’t cost anything to sign up for these players. All the channels are free and there’s no contract involved. So long as you have an LG smart TV with the Freeview Play app installed, you’ll be good to go. (Of course, there’s always the option to pay an additional fee for extra channels in addition to those offered by Freeview. This isn’t a necessity, though.)
How to Watch Freeview on an LG Smart TV
Now that you know it’s possible to stream Freeview on your smart TV — and that it won’t cost you a thing to do so — it helps to know how to access the app from your LG TV in the first place. Follow along with the simple steps below to get started today. Make sure you’re running webOS 3.5 or later and that your LG smart TV is connected to Wi-Fi or Ethernet. (Don’t forget your TV license, either.)
Also worth noting is the fact that some LG smart TVs have Freeview pre-installed on the television already. You may not have to do anything at all to access Freeview in this case. Your remote might even have a Freeview preset right on its face. If your remote has a Freeview button, just hit the button to open up the app.
Step One: Open LG Content Store on the webOS Home Screen
First, go to your TV’s home screen to access all your LG webOS apps. Hit the home button on your remote to pull up the menu and reveal the LG Content Store icon. Use the navigational arrows on the remote to highlight the icon, then hit the OK button to open it.
Step Two: Search for Freeview Using the Search Bar
Once inside the LG Content Store, search for the Freeview app. Use the arrows on your remote to move to the search bar, then hit OK to start searching. Begin typing FREEVIEW, then wait for the app icon to appear. It looks like a letter F with orange and red coloring against a white background.
Step Three: Download Freeview and Open the App
After finding the app using the search feature, navigate to the icon and hit OK on your remote. This will open up the Freeview page within the LG Content Store. Move your navigational arrows to the install button and hit OK again. Wait for the download to complete, then open the app. Now, enjoy!
Pros and Cons of Freeview
|Pros of Freeview
|Cons of Freeview
|Freeview lets you watch a ton of channels without any fees.
|Freeview has less channels than some other paid services in the U.K.
|It’s easy to use Freeview, especially when your remote has a Freeview button.
|Only those in the U.K. and related territories can access Freeview.
|Freeview offers on-demand content at no additional cost.
|Premium add-ons will bring you additional fees to use.
|Channels stream in high definition by default on Freeview.
|Your number of available channels and overall signal strength will vary depending on location.