Bitterwallet's A-to-Z of free (and paid) online TV and video

26 April 2010

What's better than free? Nothing whatsoever. So in the proud tradition of great alphabetical features, here's our guide to free online television and video (and some stuff that's paid for, too). You'll probably spot the entries we struggled with:

Al Jazeera English - news and programmes from the international news network

BBC iPlayer - needs no introduction, largely because the BBC smash you about the face with ads everytime you open your eyes near a television. Still, it's very good.

Bollywood TV - free Hindi movies, you say? They're right here.

Bitterwallet - Blinkbox

Blinkbox - lots of content, plenty of it bang up-to-date; to watch for free, to rent or buy

Cue Sport TV - A to Z lists are always a pain in the arse; having said that, we didn't think it'd be this letter that caused a headache. Still, we've come through for you with this online TV portal for snooker and pool fanatics. You're welcome.

DailyMotion - amatuerish time vampire similar to YouTube, but there's professional news, films and television in amongst the crapola

Demand Five - Five's official online player. There's a mix of free and paid-for content; some shows like Flash Forward are free to view, others like CSI are going to cost you 99p a time. You can find a full A to Z of Five's shows here.

Eurosport - can't get enough of the Hungarian Glockenspiel Championships? You're in luck. Watch two channels of Eurosport for £3.99 per month.

4OD - we've just watched an episode of Time Team from the end of March, thanks to Channel 4's smashing online player and its archiving of TV from the past 28 days. So there.

God TV - Andy swears it's nothing to do with him, yet God TV is streamed into your soulless minds direct from Sunderland. Coincidence?

Hulu - the free online player owned by the US television networks still isn't here in the UK, even though it was meant to launch last September; analysts believe that a key deal with ITV went sour, but some still believe it'll launch in the coming months

iTunes - lots and lots of TV and films to rent or download, priced between free and extortionate; if we need to explain this to you, you're a buffoon

Joost - appears only to complete our guide, and to prove lightning doesn't always strike twice for rich entrepreneurial types; the co-founders of Joost were those responsible for Skype. It didn't take off as planned, and the assets were sold off last year to a company you've never heard of

KAPOW! - what would spin on the screen if you were watching Batman online, but only if it starred Adam West

Livestation - free access to over two dozen news channels from around the world, including - yes - UNTV, with for all your diplomacy needs.

Loveworld TV - Loveworld TV is "a UK-based Christian television station at the forefront of Christian TV programming" - and it's free!

Mobile - in the first of a series of pathetic attempts to use the iPlayer to pad out this list, here's a round-up of all the mobile devices the BBC's wunderplayer is optimised for, including...

Nokia handsets, obviously.

Bitterwallet - Onion News NetworkOnion TV - not really TV at all, but it's still very funny and better produced than most TV news, especially anything you'll watch on ITV

Playstation3 - the PS3 is supported by the BBC's iPlayer, so you can do away with satellite subscriptions, cable and Freeview

QVC - can't get through the day without ordering even more mint-green coathangers? Never fear - QVC is streamed live on the intermaweb

Redtube - when considering the televisual viewing preferences of the avid Bitterwallet reader, it seems we need to recommend some free Frankie. Having said that, we're not linking to it, and you'll need to check you're over 18 before viewing it.

SeeSaw - the remnants of the BBC's Project Kangaroo were snapped up by Arqiva for £8 million last Summer and re-animated as SeeSaw, which launched in February. SeeSaw has over 3,000 hours of free content, from BBC Worldwide, Channel 4, Five and indie production companies thamake e shows for ITV.

Sky - Sky subscribers can watch the channels they subscribe to online for no extra charge; non-Sky subscribers have to pay the equivalent of a subscription to do so. Bah.

TV Catchup - over 50 channels of content to choose from, including a stream optimised for iPhone viewing

TV Guide - full TV listings plus free access to over 40 tv channels

UTV - broadcasts ITV-flavoured programmes in Northern Ireland, so you'll find home-grown shows mixed in with Britain's Got Talent here. Meh.

Voddler - a Swedish P2P service cut from the same cloth as Spotify, Voddler is a video-on-demand service. It's not available in the UK yet, but the service is expanding into other Nordic territories at the moment. Worth keeping an eye on.

Watch India - you'll have to pay once your free two week trial is up, but there are 40 channels of Eastern goodness awaiting you here

Bitterwallet - ZattooWii - as well as being available on the PS3, the BBC iPlayer provides dedicated functionality for the Nintendo Wii

XBox - another cheat in the vain hope of fleshing out this alphabetical smorgasbord. You can hook up Sky Player to your XBox, but not the BBC iPlayer, alas.

YouTube - plenty of full length shows for you here, once more from those content whores Channel 4 and Five. And of course there's YouTube XL, designed with a user interface perfect for the big screen.

Zattoo - founded in 2005, Zattoo offers UK viewers 23 channels for free; ITV, Channel 4 and Five all appear here, as do plenty of less mainstream interests, such as Deutsche Welle and RedBull TV

TOPICS:   TV   Technology

15 comments

  • Ben
    4OD isn't just content from the last 28 days, it has pretty much everything ever shown by channel 4! I spent a hungover day watching the old Brasseye's and Nathan Barley...magic.
  • -]
    Whilst it does have decent archives, 4OD is far from everything ever shown by c4. Still, some classic stuff on there.
  • smithy
    what about v for virgin
  • Paul S.
    Good point! There's no V. Damn it. I'll see that immediately.
  • Pheonix
    Also check out TVCatchup, admitably its just streamed Freeview thats only available in the UK and I think you need a TVLicence to watch it as its live streamed, but its pretty good for when you're out an about http://www.tvcatchup.com/ Plus it has an iPhone/Ipod Touch friendly version so you can watch TV on the go http://iphone.tvcatchup.com/
  • Simon W.
    Revision 3 is another one - http://revision3.com/ It's web TV shows, new eps daily, weekly depending on the show.
  • Lumoruk
    Why does it look like the guy on the Al Jazeera English news network is talking while at gun point?
  • ScottC
    ITV Player anyone...?
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  • Mexican W.
    "Redtube – when considering the televisual viewing preferences of the avid Bitterwallet reader, it seems we need to recommend some free Frankie. Having said that, we’re not linking to it, and you’ll need to check you’re under 18 before viewing it." Maybe I missed something but surely it should say "check you're OVER 18 before viewing it"
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