Watch TV online in the UK with internet 'catch up' services
The logos below link to the online (over the internet) websites of these UK TV Freeview broadcasters
BBC CHANNELS AVAILABLE
BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4
CBBC CBeebies NEWS PARLIAMENT ALBA S4C
RADIO1 Radio 1 has a TV channel
Programs available for 30 days* after first being shown.
Increased from 7 to 30 days
BBC Radio channels are also available - both recorded programs,
podcasts to download and listen to offline and
LIVE TV -
BBC iPlayer also allows live streaming of all the BBC TV channels as well as the catch up service.
Here's a useful link to access BBC live channels:
ON NOW: bbc.co.uk/tv
This page also links to a full TV guide.
ITV CHANNELS AVAILABLE
TV Programs available for 30 days after first being shown.
ITV Catch Up
In December 2008 the ITV CatchUp service became
ALL 4 - 4oD - 4 Catch Up
C4 CHANNELS AVAILABLE
Programmes available for 30 days after first being shown.
30th March 2015
4oD has become All 4
'All 4' has catch up, free 'box sets' of popular series and live streaming of C4 channels.
Before All 4!
C4 Catchup is now called 4oD
'4 on Demand' - now 'All 4'
4oD was originally a P2P program you installed but it is now a streaming service like the other TV players.
5 FIVE USA FIVE STAR [FIVE* 5STAR]
[March 2011 FIVER rebranded as Five* / Five Star]
Programs available for 30 days after first being shown.
The home of witty banter
Dave TV catch up service has a selection of their most popular programmes.
Along with Dave, UKTV Play also have selection of programs from REALLY and YESTERDAY available on catch up.
Catch up with Quest On- demand
Watch full episodes of some of Quest's most popular TV programmes.
A useful BBC service status and general iPlayer help page.
Reports on "latest programme issues", downloads availability and information on different devices - mobile, tablet, PC.
The BBC used to have an iPlayer diagnostics and speed test page - that was removed and I'm guessing replaced by these 'help' pages.
Rewind Live TV on iPlayer
You can now rewind live TV on BBC iPlayer or restart a live TV programme! You can go back within the last 2 hours of live TV - works well! This feature was launched 19th June 2012
Viewing BBC iPlayer on a second monitor
The BBC iPlayer streams TV using FLV (FLV: Flash Video / Adobe Flash Player) which doesn't allow full-screen viewing on one monitor while using the other screen in a dual monitor set up.
As soon as you start using your main monitor, 'full screen mode' exits on the other screen!
iPlayer viewing tip
to get around this problem...
(Since writing, this issue has been resolved by Adobe - but the 'zoom' tips are still useful for viewing video at comfortable sizes.)
Viewing TV using these online providers is for residents in the UK.
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FILMS available on iPlayer, ITV &
Channel 5 for FREE via catch up
The TV catch up players have some (but not all, due to copyright) films available to watch online. The links below take you to the BBC/ITV/C5 websites searching for available films:
Channel 4 doesn't have films available online unfortunately.
All these films would have been available to watch via