British people will be able to watch everything that is aired on Freeview live through a revolutionary internet streaming service to be launched next year.
When Freely is initially rolled out, viewers will be able to continuously watch BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – echoing the pre-digital television days when Britons watched the channels at the same time.
At a later date, the service – which will be built into smart TVs – will allow viewers to watch content as it happens from all other channels available on Freeview, including STV, Sky News, Dave, Film4 and TalkTV.
The service will be run by Everyone TV, which owns digital TV platform, Freeview, and is jointly owned by the public service broadcasters.
Users will also be able to watch standard TV programmes, which are available on the channels, by flicking through a programme guide.
BBC director-general Tim Davie said:…