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.
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.
Just bought yourself a brand new J-series Samsung TV with the hope to install on-demand apps from your home country despite being abroad? It won’t take long to realize that the only store available in the smart hub is your local one with no way to change this – that is unless you use the backdoor, and in all honesty, it’s a pretty painless process.
Worried about the big Satellite change tomorrow morning that could render BBC signals across Europe dead? Fear Not! If you lose your Satellite service due to the new Astra 2E tight beam, it is still possible to enjoy almost totally normal live UK television via the Internet – right on your big living room TV. This is our rescue me from the blank-screen guide designed for the layman!
So you’ve bought your spanking brand new F or H-series Samsung Smart TV, and thought to yourself how great it would be to install some of those on-demand apps from your home country, despite being abroad. It won’t take long for you to realize that the only store available in the smart hub is your local one, and there does not appear to be any way to change this. That is of course unless you use the backdoor. It is not quite as easy as the earlier models, but it’s not terribly complicated 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…
SBS, otherwise known as the Special Broadcasting Service, starting off in 1975 as possibly the only place to find yodeling, feather capped and leather clad men on Australian television. Who would have known that it would grow into possibly the world’s best free art-house and foreign language television service?
FilmOn have been one of the trailblazers in Internet streaming television, not only being amongst the first pioneers in the industry but also offering some of the Internet’s best selection of live UK television channels available. Couple all this with a PVR to record content plus great iOS video quality and this could very well be a winning formula.
It may not roll off our tongues, but somewhere in our consciousness we are aware of the principle of television network syndication; traditionally the roll out of TV programmes across various broadcast networks and countries. But in a sign that on-demand TV is a new force to be reckoned with, the American network CBS has also announced their intention to begin selected Internet releases before conventional broadcast television.