5 points to understand the new offer of Free

We had the opportunity to meet the Free teams and learn about the Oqee application on the Apple TV 4K. If you are interested in this offer, this is the file that you absolutely must read.

Apple TV 4K with the Oqee app, next to the Freebox Pop server

We had the opportunity to meet the Free teams and to discover the new interface of the Oqee application which equips the Apple TV 4K. We had many questions and that’s good, we got many answers on this new offer which gives the opportunity to buy an Apple TV 4K at half price.

What is Free’s offer with Apple TV 4K?

Earlier this week, Free announced the arrival of Apple TV 4K in its offerings. Concretely, you can buy the Apple TV 4K via a 48-month subscription at 2 euros / month, or 96 euros in total. You can also choose to pay the amount in full from the start. Also count 10 euros more shipping costs.

This offer is, for the time being, only available for new subscribers to the Freebox Delta (39.99 euros / month) and Pop (29.99 euros / month) offers. For existing subscribers, you can subscribe even with a Freebox Mini 4K.

As you can see, this is a financially advantageous offer, the Apple TV 4K 2021 is initially sold for 200 euros, however it commits you to stay with Free for several years. Note, however, that after 48 months of subscription, the Apple TV 4K is yours. It is not a question here of a rental but of a purchase.

The arrival of the Apple TV 4K in the catalog of the operator Free is accompanied porting the application Oqee that we found initially only on the Freebox Pop. This application gives access to almost all the channels of your Freebox package with many functions that are described a little further down in the article.

Is this a normal 4K Apple TV?

Technically, this is the same 2021 Apple TV 4K that you can buy from the Apple Store, with a few exceptions. Indeed, this Apple TV 4K uses tvOS with the Oqee de Free application pre-installed. You won’t have to search the App Store for Free’s app to download it.

Apple TV 4K alongside the Freebox Pop player.  One is on tvOS, the other is on Android TV.

Apple TV 4K alongside the Freebox Pop player. One is on tvOS, the other is on Android TV.

On the other hand, we do not find the Apple remote control, but a specific remote control jointly developed by Apple and Free. The latter has some advantages over the native remote control.

The Free remote control with the Apple TV 4K, it replaces the native remote control (which is therefore not supplied)

The Free remote control with the Apple TV 4K, it replaces the native remote control (which is therefore not supplied)

First, it has a button that allows you to launch Oqee, you have to press “Guide”. On the other hand, in addition to Bluetooth, it also has an infrared transmitter to remotely control your television or home theater. For the rest, it offers different ergonomics but still offers access to the Siri assistant, by pressing the microphone button. As you can see, it also has more convenient directional keys for navigating the menus.

What does the Oqee by Free application look like?

The idea of ​​Apple TV 4K at Free is to replace your Freebox player or to have a second box to equip a room., an office or a living room. This Oqee application therefore takes over the functions and services of the Android TV application that equips Pop, with a few exceptions.

As you can see, the Free team has taken over the graphics and ergonomics of the tvOS applications. If you are used to using an Apple TV, then you will not be disoriented.

You can find various entries in the top menu. ” For you »Is a screen of recommendations which will be enriched as you use the application. Since Oqee offers a profile system, you can create a profile per family member to have personalized recommendations. ” Replay », Below, is a catch-up TV function which gives access to the series, reports and programs which have been broadcast, it is VOD.

« Guide », Which you will find above, is a guide of TV programs to have an overview of the schedule of each channel. ” Chains »Allows you to find all the channels live. Finally, ” Recordings »Gives access to all programs stored in Free’s cloud that you have saved.

Free has set about integrating the native functions of tvOS. So you’ll find recommendations on the tvOS home screen, the option to resume playing a video, and we also had the opportunity to do some research using Siri. You can search for a specific program or launch a channel, directly by asking Apple’s assistant. The requests are also quickly executed and we were surprised by the very fast loading time of the TV channels.

Finally, we had the opportunity to try several functions that are usually found on modern TV boxes, there are functions such as start-over, recording, live control or even resume playback. . If you start watching a show on your iPhone with the Oqee app, you can pick up where you left off on Apple TV. The experience is very close to what we can have on Netflix for example.

What quality of broadcast for TV channels?

Free has assured us to offer the maximum quality that is allowed by their partners. Some TV channels will therefore be broadcast in HD definition, but you can also get 4K streams. TF1 4K made it possible, for example, to watch Euro 2020 matches in 4K definition. The system is designed to offer you directly the highest possible quality, which will adapt, all the same, to the quality of your internet connection.

What restrictions?

This Oqee app for Apple TV has some respects. First, you won’t find the Free Ligue 1 Uber Eats offer that allows you to follow football matches through the best moments.

In addition, Canal channels are absent from the Oqee application for Apple TV, even if you are subscribed. You will have to go through the MyCanal application. The VOD offer is not yet available, but Free is working on its integration. Finally, you must be on the Free network to use this specific tvOS application.

Note that the agreement between Free and Apple allows you to subscribe, from the Oqee application, to the Pack Ciné + and Ciné + Total offers without having to go through the in-app purchase of Apple TV. Invoicing will be done from your Freebox invoice.

We took the opportunity to discuss the Oqee application for Android, iPhone and iPad with the Free team. The latter has been available recently, it allows access to the channels from your smartphone or tablet, without necessarily using the Free network. However, you must be a Freebox Delta or Pop subscriber.

Sadly, the AirPlay function is not yet available, but Free plans to roll it out in the coming weeks. In addition, Oqee operates throughout the European Union. Note that thanks to the Apple ecosystem, and more specifically the TV Providers setting in iOS, you will be logged in automatically on all your Apple devices.

Is it interesting?

Yes, that’s why you have to wait a few months after receiving your Apple TV 4K in the Free interface, when the offer has only been available for a few days.

You’ll pay for the Apple TV 4K at a discounted price, half the price of its original price. The integration of the Oqee application makes it possible to make it a viable alternative to a Freebox player, which may be of interest to aficionados of the Apple ecosystem. Free did a lot of integration work, we were surprised by the quality of the interface, its speed and its functions.

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