Smart TV – Apps Roundup

Posted November 11, 2016 - Blog Posts,News and Blog

It’s a given that the latest TVs from Panasonic and LG already have Freeview Play built into them, allowing catch up services to seamlessly integrate with your live TV diet. With BBC iPlayerITV Hub4oDDemand 5 and UKTV Play coming standard with Freeview’s Play, you can take your pick of shows to catch up on. But there’s more: on top of the best of TV catch up there’s plenty of apps hidden within the marketplace to dive into.

Most Smart TVs offer more than just catch up apps as part of the package. LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony offer a wide range of on demand services so now you can get the likes of Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video or Wuaki TV built in. With the choice of Freeview Play and Smart TV apps, complementing Freeview with video-on-demand services could save you money in the long run. Swapping a monthly TV subscription in favour of Netflix or Amazon Video running alongside Freeview Play could be the answer.

Below is a roundup of apps you may not know existed within your Televisions.



LG

LG

Most new LG Televisions have Freeview Play built in alongside other apps that not all TV manufacturers offer. Apps overlay live TV with a piano like bar, meaning programming isn’t interrupted and choices are easily navigable. LG has the bonus of Now TV meaning you can dip into sport, films or channels from Sky when it suits you.

The bottom bar stores your most visited apps as well as marketplace favourites. Once you enter the app store, the rich interface singles out premium apps and puts all others into navigable categories.

Key Apps:

Netflix
Amazon Video
NOW TV
Google Play Movies/ TV
Spotify

Purchase a range of LG Smart TVs here.



Panasonic

Panasonic led the way with Freeview Play and it’s built into a wide range of this year’s Panasonic models. The apps page displays a short selection of apps available with the marketplace always present. Within the marketplace the rest of the apps not on the homepage are displayed- these are split into simple categories (entertainment, web, social media and general news/ information).

Key Apps:

Freeview Play
Netflix
Amazon Video
Wuaki TV

Purchase a range of Panasonic Smart TVs here.



Finlux

Finlux

Finlux’s Smart TV interface is a bit less rich than LG and Panasonic’s with live TV shrunk down and apps surrounding it. A main toolbar sits within the Smart TV window highlighting the most prominent apps available with all other apps in the Marketplace. Despite not being the most visually-appealing there’s definitely no shortage of choice.

Key Apps:

Freeview Play
Netflix
YouTube

Purchase a range of Finlux Smart TVs here.



Samsung

Samsung has a rich line up of Smart TV Apps including our key list below. From the most talked about TV shows and original programming, these apps host a world of entertainment you love, straight to your Samsung Smart TV

Key Apps:

Netflix
Amazon Video
Google Play Movies/ TV
Wuaki TV
Vevo
Spotify
Vimeo
BFI

Purchase a range of Samsung Smart TVs here.



Ones to Watch

Hisense has a great value range of 4K smart TVs with Youtube, Netflix and Wuaki to help keep you entertained. If want to record then the Freeview Play recorders from Humax also offer Netflix and Youtube amongst a host of other apps.

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