Freeview has gained international recognition once again after being shortlisted at the prestigious Connies Awards for its Freeview Plus service upgrade.
This will mark the third nomination for Freeview in the Best TV/Video Update or Launch category, winning in 2015* for the launch of Freeview Plus and again in 2017 for Freeview FV, the world-first free-to-air TV live streaming and catch-up mobile app.
Based in the UK, the annual Connies Awards recognise innovation and the emerging best practice from all sectors of the media landscape around the world. The awards showcase initiatives that meet the needs of leading media businesses and practitioners in delivering value to the ever-more connected consumer.
“We are thrilled Freeview Plus has been nominated again in this year’s Connies Awards,” said Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross.
“Australian broadcasters are truly leading the world in innovation and providing a complete TV experience. The Freeview Plus upgrade was a significant one and we are excited to be delivering the next level in content discovery and choice for Australia’s free-to-air TV programming.”
Key to the Freeview Plus upgrade was the implementation of world’s best practice interface design which features image-based browsing and the introduction of the Explore TV function.
Explore TV presents viewers with image-based carousels including personalised recommendations and favourites along with live TV, catch up and genre-based browsing.
The Freeview Plus upgrade features also include an easy-to-use guide with backwards navigation to catch-up content and a simplified Mini Guide for quick program discovery.
The winners will be announced on May 8, 2018.
Freeview Plus is a hybrid digital television service that provides access to catch-up free-to-air programming on TVs and led the world when it launched in 2014, winning local and international accolades for its ground-breaking technology and user interface.
*Previously the Videonet Connected TV Awards