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Maybe you’re heading off to uni for the first time, or perhaps you just fancy a living room upgrade, but if you’re after a new television the first thing you should look at is whether or not it has Freeview Play. Delivering the best of live and on-demand content under one easy-to-use interface, Freeview Play is the easiest way to get tons of content for free.

Alongside the standard Freeview offering of over 70 TV channels and 15 HD channels, plug your Freeview Play TV into the internet and you unlock a new world of content, with seven on-demand players giving you on-demand TV and boxsets. Players include BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5 and UKTV, CBS Catchup Channels UK, and Horror Bites. And of course, it is all available for free.

What sets Freeview Play aside is the way that the on-demand content is built-in. Just jump to channel 100 and you can browse what’s available, get recommendations or search everything. With the search feature, you can find programmes throughout the entire library of live and on-demand content, regardless of which channel it’s on. These features make it super-easy to find your favourite shows and discover new ones.

On top of the excellent Freeview Play services, most TVs that have it will also offer you additional smart apps so that you can watch content from other paid-for streaming services, further widening what you can watch.

Freeview Play TVs come in a range of sizes, with 20" to 32" TVs working well in smaller rooms and bedrooms, potentially even doubling as a handy computer monitor, and 32in and larger TVs great for those people who have a bit more room.

With smaller TVs, you can get away with an HD Ready (720p) resolution, but for more detail, particularly on larger TVs, go for a Full HD (1080p) or Ultra High Definition (4K) model instead.

To help you make your decision, we’ve rounded up some of the cheapest Freeview Play deals.

Toshiba 24WL3A63 – £149 – 24"

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If you’re looking for an absolute bargain, the 24" Toshiba 24WL3A63 is the TV for you. It may be comparatively cheap, but this model has everything that you could possibly want on a modern TV, including Freeview Play. You can even record to a plugged-in USB drive, turning this TV into a smart recorder.

As a smart TV, this model also has Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, so that you can further expand what you can watch. There’s even optional control via Amazon Alexa, so you can change channel, toggle the power and adjust the volume all with your voice.

Two HDMI inputs let you plug in additional devices, from a games console to a computer. Promising deep blacks, bright whites and vivid colours, this TV is an excellent budget all-rounder.

  • 720p resolution
  • Freeview HD with Freeview Play
  • 2x HDMI, VGA and USB inputs
  • 50Hz

Available from:

Richer Sounds

LG 24TL510S 24″ Smart HD Ready LED TV – £160 – 24"

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Designed as a computer monitor, the LG 24TL510S 24″ Smart HD Ready LED TV is designed to deliver a brilliant picture with exceptional viewing angles thanks to its high-quality IPS panel. This model also has a built-in TV tuner with Freeview Play, so that you can watch the best of live and catch-up TV shows.

Running LG’s excellent webOS operating system, you get access to the content store where you can add additional apps, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and NowTV. There’s even an option to cast photos and videos from your Android smartphone to your TV, all over your wi-fi network.

As a decent all-rounder, combining a computer monitor with a TV, this is a great-value option if you need more than just a TV.

  • 720p resolution
  • Freeview HD with Freeview Play
  • 2x HDMI, VGA and USB inputs
  • 50Hz

Available from:

Currys

Toshiba 32L3863DBA – £215 – 32"

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If you fancy a slightly larger TV, the Toshiba 32L3863DBA could well be the model for you, as it’s one of the cheapest and best 32" Freeview Play TVs you can buy. Even better, this model has a built-in DVD player, so you can still watch your physical media movies without needing an external player.

This model has everything you’d expect from a smart TV, including Freeview Play catch-up and on-demand, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. As with other Toshiba models, this one can be controlled using your voice if you have an Amazon Echo smart speaker.

With the USB ports, you can play content connected to your TV or even record shows that you don’t want to miss. If you’re looking for an all-round entertainer, this HD Ready model is an excellent choice.

  • 720p resolution
  • Freeview HD with Freeview Play
  • 2x HDMI, VGA and USB inputs
  • 50Hz

Available from:

Amazon

Sharp 40AJ2K – £299 – 40"

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We’re into real bargain territory with the Sharp 40AJ2K: a 40" TV with a 4K resolution. Yes, you read that right: this is a 4K TV that costs less than £300. With support for HDR, with the right Ultra HD content, you can get a more detailed picture than with a regular HD TV.

Of course, there’s Freeview Play built in for the best catch-up and on-demand content, while additional smart TV apps, such as Netflix, expand what you can watch. There are three USB ports, so that you can watch connected media or record TV, and this model has three HDMI inputs, giving you more choice of what to plug in: computer, games console and Blu-ray player, for example.

If you’re looking for something that little bit bigger with more future-proofing, then the Sharp 40AJ2K is the TV for you.

  • 4K resolution
  • Freeview HD with Freeview Play
  • 3x HDMI, VGA and USB inputs
  • 50Hz

Available from:

Richer Sounds

Hisense H50A6200UK – £329 – 50"

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This is a slightly older 2018 model, but who cares when you get this much for this little: a 50" 4K TV. That’s staggeringly good value, and if you want a powerful TV for a shared lounge or larger room, the Hisense H50A6200UK is for you.

There’s HDR support for delivering the best picture quality from 4K sources, and standard TV and HD content also looks fantastic. Truly, this TV punches above its weight. It has all of the smart features you could want, including Freeview Play, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Throw in its powerful audio, three HDMI inputs and dual USB ports (for watching your own media and for recording TV), and this really is a bargain for anyone that wants a large-screen TV on a tight budget.

  • 4K resolution
  • Freeview HD with Freeview Play
  • 3x HDMI, VGA and USB inputs
  • 50Hz

Available from:

Amazon