(Pocket-lint) - UK free to air digital TV service Freeview has released a new application for iOS devices that gives you the ability to start live or on demand programming to watch on your phone or tablet.

It is also coming to Android later in 2019, but the version for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available as a free download now.

The app doesn't host content itself. Instead, like the Freeview Play service on TVs, it will open one of the free, dedicated streaming services from the major UK broadcasters when you request on demand video. This includes live shows on the mobile app.

So, if you want to view a show across many of the UK channels, you tap the show and it will open BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5 or UKTV Play. You may need to be signed into those apps to then play the stream.

The Freeview app offers several different ways to find programmes to watch. There is a traditional electronic programme guide (EPG) that shows every channel and what is currently being broadcast.

The home screen has a selection of "watch now" and "later" shows listed from the major broadcasters.

An on demand section is categorised into "top picks" and individual genres. And there is a standard search option.

You can also filter channels into favourites.

The new Freeview app is available to download on iOS now. You also need to ensure you have the individual streaming apps installed for it to access.

Writing by Rik Henderson.