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.
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.
With so many choices and options available, the UK is one of the world’s luckiest countries in regards to watching live television streams over the Internet. One of the fastest growing is TVPlayer, offering free access to channels such as the BBC, ITV, Four, Dave and Five, along with a premium selection that includes pay-tv channels like History and Eurosport.
In news yesterday that took the Internet streaming world by surprise, Google released details of a new HDMI stick that could just make IPTV easily accessible on our televisions for nearly everyone… and for only US$35.
It’s a great new week of television highlights from around the world with a special emphasis on new crime drama and comedy. Everything in this week’s Four Corners is free again, including entire seasons of drama from Australia, France and the new NBC television series of Hannibal from the US.
How many people out there still rent DVDs or other physical video media? I must admit, I certainly haven’t done so in years. Are we about to see the end of a way-of-life I remember starting way back in my distant childhood? If current figures and trends are anything to go by, the local video rental shop may be about to go the way of the dodo.
After a few weeks highlighting various subscription and paywall services, Four Corners’ returns to its roots with a roundup of great free content from around the world. The focus is on documentaries this week, but we haven’t neglected some fantastic comedy and drama worth checking out either.
Two years ago during the 2012 Olympics, the BBC provided clearly the best coverage anywhere in the world with up to 24 live HD channels covering every Olympic discipline live as it played out. Even though the Olympics are long over, the dedicated BBC sport app still churns out live events, including this year’s Fifa World Cup, so let’s give it a whirl…
Wouldn’t it be great if all the catch-up services in a country could be united under one umbrella, complete with both the latest episodes as well as their back catalogue? Granted, Hulu doesn’t encompass all of the American catch-up services, but it is still one of the great innovators in the subscription based on-demand market and one of the best places to catch not only the latest episodes from a variety of broadcasters, but also entire seasons as well.