Watch live television on your iPhone using TVCatchup
November 1st, 2009
Earlier this year I wrote about TVCatchup, a service which allows you to watch most Freeview channels live on your PC (the name is a misnomer as you can’t actually watch TV which has already been broadcast). They’ve now launched an iPhone version and unlike BBC iPlayer, it works on a 3G connection as well as Wifi.
You’ll only be able to get it in the UK and you’ll need a TV license too.
A dedicated iPhone app is said to be coming soon.
Orange trialled something similar in France.
From my previous post on TVCatchup:
What channels are available?
The channel lineup is similar to Freeview. The following channels are currently available although TVCatchup say that as they are currently in beta, they cannot guarantee the availability of all of them.
- BBC One
- BBC Two
- Channel 4
- Five USA
- BBC Three
- BBC Four
- BBC News
- CBBC Channel
- Dave ja vu (Dave+1)
- Channel 4+1
- BBC Parliament
Is it legal?
According to the TVCatchup website it is:
Yes. TVCatchup is fully compliant with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended, and the broadcasters have fully participated as part of the process of assessing the legality of TVCatchup.
I’m not a lawyer though.
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