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Hi Everyone,

 

With the recent launch of Amazon Prime Add on subscriptions, I thought it was time to take a look at the internet provided television market to see what your options are if you are looking at ditching the conventional TV services for a more customised and democratised television and movie experience.

 

 

Amazon Prime Add on subscriptions

 

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Amazon recently launched its new Prime Add on subscriptions, this service offers Prime members an à la carte solution for premium on-demand content. Here is a list of the available channels:

 

Featured

 

Movies

 

  • MGM, 30-Day FREE Trial, £4.49 / Month
  • BFI Player+, 30-Day FREE Trial, £4.99 / Month
  • Studio Universal, 30-Day FREE Trial, £3.99 / Month
  • MUBI, 30-Day FREE Trial, £5.99 / Month
  • realeyz, 30-Day FREE Trial, £4.99 / Month
  • Arrow Video, 30-Day FREE Trial, £4.99 / Month
  • Fandor, 30-Day FREE Trial, £3.49 / Month
  • Filmbox, 30-Day FREE Trial, £3.99 / Month

 

Entertainment

 

 

Sports and Fitness

 

 

Foreign language

 

 

Learn and Discover

 

 

Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy

 

 

Kids and Family

 

 

More to Explore

 

  

 

TVPlayer

 

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TVPlayer offers 60 free to air channels, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Dave, Yesterday, Really and Drama to name just a few. They also offer 29 Premium channels for £5.99 a month with a 30-Day free trial, the channels are:

 

  • Cartoon Network
  • Discovery
  • History
  • History 2
  • Lifetime
  • Cartoonito
  • Crime Investigation
  • National Geographic
  • ID
  • TLC
  • Gold
  • Animal Planet,
  • Net Geo Wild
  • Nick Jr
  • Nick Jr Too
  • Discovery Turbo
  • Watch
  • Eurosport 1
  • Eurosport 2
  • SONY
  • Boomerang
  • Baby TV
  • Good Food
  • Eden

 

 

Now TV

 

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Now TV is a service provided by Sky Plc and still has bundles, but they have a 14-Day free trial and some really good deals on the packages and there's no contract, check out their website for the latest offers.

 

Now TV Entertainment package includes:

  • Sky One
  • FOX
  • Gold
  • Comedy Central
  • MTV
  • Sky Atlantic
  • ITV Encore
  • Sky Arts
  • ABC Studios
  • Viceland
  • Discovery Channel
  • Sky Living
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • All4

 

Now TV Movies package includes 1000 of the biggest blockbusters from Sky Cinema and Sky Cinema Disney.

 

Now TV Kids package includes 1000's episodes of quality kids TV on demand with no adverts from Boomerang, CBBC, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, Sky Kids and Nickelodeon.

 

You can also add Sky Sports day, week and monthly passes.

 

 

Other options

 

Many TV channels have their own on-demand services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My 5 and UKTV Play.
These are all free and many are supported by adverts.

 

Netflix has many TV shows and movies for you to watch on demand including loads of original series such as House of Cards, Orange is the new black and 13 Reasons Why. They also have many box sets from the BBC, Channel 4 and much more.

 

Amazon Prime Video has many TV shows and movies available to watch on demand including loads of original series such as The Grand Tour, The Man in the High Castle and Amazon Exclusive such s Mr Robot and Lucifer.

 

Apple Music has recently launched some TV Shows including Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke. I think Apple is testing the waters with this and I believe we are likely to see an Apple TV service in the future, similar to Netflix.

 

YouTube TV is an on-demand TV shows and movies you’ll see cable channels like ABC, NBC, FOX, ESPN and Disney among many many more. Unfortunately, it isn't available in the UK yet as it is currently a US exclusive. However, I thought it was worth mentioning as so many of us watch content on YouTube now, it could become our central place for entertainment in the future.

 

Lastly we have Freeview with 70 standard channels and 15 HD channels through your TV aerial, for no monthly cost. With Freeview Play, you can connect to the internet to watch on demand shows from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5 and UKTV Play.

 

 

I've covered the majority of services here in the UK, but there are many to choose from. I hope you have found this blog post interesting, I wanted to get across the many chooses with have for entertainment these days.

 

As these are internet provides television services most require you to watch via your browser, an App or a set-top box. So please check you are able to watch them before purchasing.

 

Let me know in the comments if you have any of these services and what you think of them.

 

Thanks for reading,

Carl

 

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Carl produces websites, apps and videos. View his latest work at carlrydings.com


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12 Comments
enigma

I bought a NOW TV box a couple of weeks ago with 6 months entertainment pass. I haven't had a chance to play with it that much but it looks ok only cost me £20

guide

Wow, thats an awful lot of TV channels. Maybe its just me, but it seems that with the addition of more channels the quality appears to dilute too. I'm not a big consumer of TV as I can never find anything decent to watch. However, a good summary of availble IP TV channels to those who are interested. 

prophet

We watch a lot of Netflix and we do have a Now TV box but don't use it much - I think Netflix is better. 

cicerone

Good grief. I had no idea there were that many. I thought it was Amazon, Netflix and a couple of others. It seems a bit mad ... the only certainty is that whatever you subscribe to, something you'd like to watch will be on a service you haven't bought.

rookie

Yes NOW TV is good but I recently went to Sky TV, as IPTV is illegal to even watch now according to recent reports in the media and could face 10 years inprissionment for even viewing it. So NOW TV is the way to go. 

chaperon

Hi 

So many options but with the content watered down! 

I'm not a big consumer TV wise... I Enjoy a nice documentary, movies! 

newcomer

Hi, I have been interested to understand what is really available in what appears to be a complicated and crowded market, so find this post of particular interest.

I have looked at just about everything as sky packages are just so expensive and there is no real direct rival that can compare with the amount of viewing there is available.

I heard about Kodi and looked at a friends system a little while ago and whilst very comprehensive was not easy to use for anyone other than a really technical genius. I used kodi for a while, but my wife found it complicated to use and channel stopped working frequently. which during premiership football made me go crazy.

 

However very recently whilst on my travels abroad I came accross true IPTV with literally everything you get on Sky and more, I tried a few IPTV services, all very good, but a couple of stopped working after a while. For the last 4 months I''ve been using one from a company in Europe which I pay a monthly fee for and has all the things I need now that you're spending half my time in UK and half my time in Spain. It has a videoclub with all the latest movies and a catchup service for things you may have missed in the last week. It has all the box sets even things like the whole of the many series of 24, right back to series 1 episode 1 plus many many similar things. I think it was about 3000 films!! Not only that it is so simple to use, very similar to a sky planner so anyone can use it and it all came for about £150 nicely packaged in an Apple TV sized box which you can take with you anywhere you travel in the world and a subscription of about £30 a month. Even has free PPV boxing etc. I thought for the price of BT sport alone, it was a bit of a no brainer. as anyone else seen this system?

 

Does anyone have any ideas about how to pipe the IPTV box around the apartment to 2 other TVs? it uses HDMI!!

newcomer

Hey. CARL. I dont really bother too much with this area. Nor do i have the time.  just wanted to say well presented dude. All the best

 

 

 

enigma

Never knew there so many options and so many channels. Good blog

It's all about Netflix and Amazon Prime Video