tvguide.co.uk has the same
TVCatchup - Never Miss A Show Again
Sometimes technology is great!
Got shown it by an Iphone Fanboy ICTCo-ord in my wife's school today - it even streams OK over 3G
Need to sign up and its got "interactive" adverts but hey -its free
tvguide.co.uk has the same
We use it to display TV on the plasmas in school... don't always get adverts... in fact these days I rarely see one at all when we connect. It used to be better tho - used to offer timeslip recording etc but they had to remove the service for legal reasons.
They're bringing out an iPhone app soon, which will feature more channels... Web users get FAR more than iPhone users at the moment.
That must dent your bandwidth :0We use it to display TV on the plasmas in school.
Stupid question: Is it legal?
I imagine that if you asked they TV companies/ programme rights holders - they'd say no
But since these are all free to air services and all they are doing is re-broadcasting them ....
Not really... you'd be surprised how little it actually uses. And yes, it's 100% legal. They've been operating for several years now.That must dent your bandwidth :0
Tip: when changing channel and presented with a terrible renault advert, or some other timebomb - just hit F5 and it will refresh and just load the correct stream.
*edit, only skip renault adverts - watch the rest*
Well its seems their lawyers certainly think its legal
But I'd suspect that each stream would be on the order of 1Mb/sec unless there much cleverer than my ex-colleagues
Or it'll be PP quality
Last night on colleagues IPhone - it looked quite smooth and very impressive over 3G
Today at school on a 10MBs/sec link its looks like its coming in at 8fps
So maybe it doesn't use much bandwidth after all
The video doesn't seem to work through the SWGFL (RM) isp.
I connected using the iphone at home last night and the website said "Congratulations your ISP Etranet is compatible" so does this service rely on ISP participation if so is it using some multicast technology?
Last time I monitored it, it was using less than 100Kb/s to stream BBC... which is more or less same streaming rate I get when I do our own vids for streaming. So yes, your ex-colleagues obv aren't aware of how to compress for streaming properly. (1Mb/s for a video stream is comparatively ridiculous - anything more than 500Kb/s is ridiculous to be honest, unless you're streaming in HD)
No, it generally won't work thru LEA connections as their filtering blocks it. We use our backdoor ADSL line.
ISP questions - have a look in the forums at tvcatchup.com. There's a thread at the top in there that explains it.
Which we do.
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