What is Freeview Plus?
FreeviewPlus is an Australian television service delivered via broadband, providing Freeview’s digital content inside a state of the art EPG (TV Guide), with seamless access to Catch Up TV across the Freeview networks.
You can access the FreeviewPlus app by simply pressing the green button on your remote control.
Building on the original app’s intuitive user experience, inside a restrictive platform.
Following the success of the Freeview FV app for iOS and Android we were asked to design the Ui/Ux (user interface and user experience) for a new Freeview Plus TV app.
TV apps present a unique challenge, as their remotes usually offer a simple d-pad for interaction – quite unlike the powerful multi-touch interfaces enjoyed by most mobile users.
Freeview Plus is built on a technology platform called ‘Hybrid broadcast broadband Television’ (HbbTV, or Hybrid TV for short).
Technical limitations in the HTML and CSS code of the HbbTV platform restrict the range of transitions and animations available.
The End Result
Extensive user research and optimised controls delivered an intuitive user experience.
User feedback from our first Freeview app helped us design the new interface in a more appealing way, using visual carousels. Building on the intuitive mobile app that everyone loved – we helped create an engaging smart TV experience.
Restricting the d-pad’s side movement and letting the content flow was key to creating an accessible, intuitive experience – especially on the TV guide, where it would have been easy to create an experience in which the user was overwhelmed with information, had to scroll heavily and felt lost.
Concept Prototyping & POC
Hybrid & Web Apps
Information Architecture (IA)
Native iOS & Android
Wireframing & Ui Design
Branding and Identity
Audience & Market Research
Collateral & Graphic Design
Colour Theory & Typography
Refresh or Ground-up
User Experience (Ux)
Ux Advocacy & Training
User Interface strategy & design (Ui)
Design for Conversion
Design for KPI