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Tech

Holy shit, this is awesome!

So far the closest thing we’ve had to TV on iPhone is down-loadable episodes of our favourite shows or the venerable BBC iPlayer. Both of these are pretty good solutions but neither are actually television. Today I was pointed in the direction of TVCatchup for the iPhone by a tweet from Paul Stanton. I was expecting to see some half arsed excuse for TV streaming or some hacked pirate looking on demand service. What I got, however scored a 12 on my awesomeness scale of 1 to 10.

Home screen icon and landing page

There is no signing up, no lengthly login procedures and no bullshit. You land on a page to choose your channel and once you do that, the QuickTime player loads and you’re watching (nearly) live TV. You can, like with all websites, add a link to your home screen and use it like an app (see above next to the iPlayer). Obviously I’ve only tested it over Wi-Fi (I only have an iPod Touch) but I hear on good authority that, provided you have a decent 3G signal you shouldn’t have much of a problem viewing on the go.

Viewing a stream

The picture and sound quality are great with only Channel 4 and E4 giving me audio issues (possibly encrypted, or copyright issue) and it behaves like any other video you watch. you can view it in landscape or portrait and double tapping will toggle full screen/wide screen cropping. So all in all this little service is very very cool. At the very least it’ll mean I’ll never miss Bargain Hunt again! 😀

EDIT: After initially broadcasting with no sound, Channel 4 and E4 both regained full audio later in the afternoon.

6 comments

  1. Sam Hardacre - October 15, 2009 11:28 am

    Totally agree dude!

    I’ve had a bit of a dabble but I’ll be trying it out properly on my way home tonight : D

  2. Adam - October 15, 2009 3:44 pm

    Think I might have to buy an iPod Touch now 😀

  3. Ashley Baxter - October 16, 2009 10:04 am

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Dan. Though I don’t watch much TV, I can imagine this coming in useful at times.

  4. Sam Hardacre - October 16, 2009 10:06 am

    Had a play with it last night and it held up pretty well jumping from 3G to Edge and all that jazz. The only downside was that it really sucked the power out of my iPhone :(

    Still pretty bloody awesome to be able to watch Scrubs on my way home from work : D

  5. Dan Schonhaar - October 16, 2009 10:15 am

    Yeah… that is the only downside I can see. It is a power hungry slag. People have been saying “What, no actual app?” and I honestly don’t think it needs one. Unless the developers can somehow help with the battery rape.

  6. Adam - October 26, 2009 8:29 pm

    hmmm asking me for flash :/

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