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.
Who would have thought that one of the best places to watch live televised cricket from around the world could be US-based? Willow TV covers a reasonable selection of global cricket for $15 per month, contract-free, but it’s not without its pitfalls either.
Apple TV’s latest model may look just like the old puck after eating too many cheeseburgers, but packed inside the shiny plastic case is possibly the global television viewers dream machine. There still isn’t a perfect way to watch television from all around the world, but this little box has to be the closest to it we’ve seen!
It may have been noticed by now that we’re really excited by the Apple TV 4, especially for global television viewing via Smart DNS. In fact, I can tell you one thing right now, this set-top-box looks to be the Smart DNSer’s dream machine. If you want a way to easily watch content from all over the world, whether it is BBC from the UK, Plus7 from Australia or Hulu from the US, we’ll show you how!
If you’re looking for a great way to watch live and catch-up Irish television via the Internet, iBox.ie has one of the best options available. Combine this with a good Smart DNS service, and you could possibly have all the Irish TV you need wherever you are in the world!
Cable and satellite pay TV services are finally beginning to offer contract-free OTT options, and although Sky DE were a bit late to the party, they also provide a completely satellite-free service, with Sky Online being the closest equivalent to Sky UK’s hugely popular Now TV. But is it anywhere near as good?
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.
Plus7 is the catch-up service offered by Australia’s highest rated free-to-air television Network, which should give it a good incentive to be the best as well. So is it worth the effort, or are the guys over at the Seven Network just stringing us along? Check out our review to find out.
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.