Introduction to online TV

Online TV is taking the UK by storm, but if you've never used an online TV service before you may be feeling a little left out in the cold. Never fear, this quick and simple guide will explain the main services, how they work and how you can get started with them!

BBC iPlayer

The BBC iPlayer is one of the UK's most used online TV and radio services. Simply visit bbc.co.uk/iplayer, browse channels or programmes and select what you want to watch. The video will then be streamed through the site - in most cases there's no need to download anything and the service is completely free to UK residents. The iPlayer also includes links to other online TV services like ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5.


4oD brings you "4 on Demand". You'll find hundreds of programmes recently shown on Channel 4, E4, More4 and from their archives. Their catch up service typically lasts for 30 days, and as well as the archive programmes you can also check out pilots and previews. Check it out at channel4.com/programmes/4od - the internet version is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux users with Adobe Flash Player installed.

ITV Player

Like the BBC iPlayer and 4oD, the ITV Player is an online video on demand service where you can enjoy programmes from right across ITV's channels, including ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV. Their catch up service is generally available for 30 days after the programme has been screened on TV. You'll find this online TV service at itv.com/itvplayer.

Sky Go

Sky Go is free to existing Sky customers. All you need to do to get started on this online TV service is to create a Sky iD username and password if you don't have one already. Then simply log on from your laptop, iPhone or iPad to watch movies, live channels and on demand TV. Visit go.sky.com for more information.

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