New Zealand’s second largest FTA television broadcaster MediaWorks, runs the imaginatively named channels TV3 and Four along with their own catch-up service known as 3NOW. This commercial network may be considerably smaller than rival TVNZ, but 3NOW is quickly becoming the local benchmark for FTA catch-up television.
Traditionally the UK’s second broadcaster, ITV was Britain’s first commercial television network after launch in 1955. More than half a century later, ITV offer in addition to their terrestrial broadcasts an on-demand service which includes 30 days of free catch-up, an experimental rental library for their back-catalogue and live Internet simulcasts.
If I told you that you could have a fully responsive, HD set-top box that will stream free UK catch-up content such as the BBC’s iPayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand 5 for only £15 and no monthly fees, would you believe me? Granted, there are a few catches but underneath it all is possibly the best deal in IPTV. If you want a sofa-friendly way to watch UK content on your television, but don’t want to spend a lot of money – then this could very well be the box for you!
Although Channel 4 is historically considered the third terrestrial television network in the UK after the BBC and ITV, it would come in many people’s minds a close second after the national public broadcaster. Channel 4, due to its public service remit, constantly delivers a broad range of cultural, artistic and entertaining programmes that often defy its commercial financing.
Writing a review about the BBC’s on-demand service is no easy task. After all, this is the world’s largest and oldest television broadcasting company and one of the great media innovators. The BBC’s iPlayer is quite simply the on-demand benchmark for traditional broadcasting networks, both public and private. Even if you have never used it before, once you start, it will be very difficult to part with it. Give it a whirl as it could change the way you watch television forever.
This week Netflix’s new superhero series begins with a twist over the usual caped crusaders, along with a highly anticipated new season of The Bridge from Scandinavia, a new crime drama from the BBC and another Chicago Fire spinoff. Check out our recommendations in this week’s Four Corners.
It may be a week dominated somewhat by new sitcoms and comedy shows, but there’s still plenty of fresh dramas and thrillers to found, with our personal favourite being Amazon’s new dystopian thriller; the Man in the High Castle. Check out this week’s Four Corners for the best of new on-demand TV from around the world.
This week on Four Corners, it looks as though Netflix is once again demonstrating innovation with a new original series, while CBS and HBO continue with new seasons copying British shows.
Another great week for television from around the world, with my current favourite comedy Dreamland (Utopia to Australians) landing their second season on Netflix, along with a pile more shows from Supergirl to Ash vs Evil Dead! Check ’em out on this week’s Four Corners…
Now that the fall season over in the US has passed its peak, the world of television returns to a normal pace. This week, amongst others we look at Stan’s foray into original productions along with the last ever QI … Continue reading