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Nov 10, 2011

iOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TV

by Stephen Ashby

Ever wanted to watch telly while on the move? Find out about TVCatchup, which can stream live TV directly to your iDevice…

iOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TViOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TVCatch-up services such as iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD are great for watching programmes from the last seven days. But what if you want to watch live TV on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad? TVCatchup is the answer. It’s not an app, but rather a website that streams more than 50 channels to your iDevice – totally free of charge. Supported channels include BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Dave, 4Music, Virgin 1, Sky Sports, Sky News and Film4. It works over both a Wi-Fi and 3G connection, so you’re never more than a few taps away from watching TV. It only streams channels from the UK – handy for those who want to view British TV from abroad, but not so great if you’re eager to see the latest US shows.
Follow us over the next couple of pages as we explain how to create a TVCatchup account and stream live television directly to an iPhone. You’ll soon be wondering how you ever lived without this service.

iOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TViOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TV

1: Load up Safari
Open Safari and visit iphone.tvcatchup.com. Once the website has loaded you’ll need to either log in or sign up for a free account. For the latter you’ll only need a username, password and email address.

iOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TV

2: Channels galore
You’ll now see any available channels. To watch a show, tap on the channel of choice and the media player will appear on screen. Tap on the Play button and the channel will immediately begin to play.

iOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TV

3: Live streaming
Because a live stream is playing it’s not possible to fast forward or rewind. You can, however, pause playback and jump back 30 seconds by tapping the 30 second icon next to the volume control.

iOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TV

4: Home screen icon
There’s no TVCatchup app at the time of writing, but you can add a shortcut to your home screen by tapping the plus icon, then Add to Home Screen.

iOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TV

5: Full-screen mode
You can toggle between full-screen and normal mode by tapping the arrows icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

iOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TV

6: No icons?
If your TVCatchup page looks like this, with no icons, then you probably don’t have javascript enabled. Find the setting in the Safari section of Settings.

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iOS Tutorial: Use TVCatchup to watch live TV

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    • http://tvcatchup.com/ TVC_Colwal

      Very very cool guide, and I love the bit about Javascript as you have virtually covered everything.

    • Phil Stanning

      Really good guide to a great service. Thank you, I tried it using your article, and found it easy to use. Much appreciated

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