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Event - 2020-04-05

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How to watch on demand TV

TV ON DEMAND

If you’re confused about the ever-changing landscape of on demand and catch-up TV, you’re not alone. With new streaming services launching every couple of months, Event magazine is now also launching Britain’s biggest on demand guide to help readers navigate a path through the maze of new shows, which can be watched at any time of day. Some services have free trial periods so you can see what works best for you. Others offer a pay-as-yougo or pay-by-the-day option. New smart TVS already provide these services, or you can view them using an internet-connected device, such as a laptop, tablet, PC or smartphone. Free streaming and catchup services – BBC iplayer (bbc.co.uk/iplayer, free with the licence fee), ITV Hub (itv.com/hub), All 4 (channel4. com) and My5 (my5.tv) – allow you to watch programmes and films that have already aired and are generally available for 30 days after broadcast. Netflix The subscription service offers a vast library of TV box sets to stream, much of which is original programming, plus an extensive selection of movies (netflix.com/gb). From £5.99 per month Amazon Prime Video Available as part of its next-day delivery package, the TV and film service offers original programming as well as movies, box sets, live sport and music (amazon.co.uk/amazonprime). From £7.99 per month (or £79 per year). Under the Amazon umbrella, Starzplay shows original content from the US Starz network. Seven-day free trial, then £4.99 per month; current offer 99p per month for 3 months (Prime members only) Sky On Demand A huge selection of shows, movies and sport come with a varying range of subscription packages (sky.com). From £22 per month. If you don’t want to sign up to a Sky contract, NOW TV offers ‘passes’ to watch Sky’s content (nowtv.com). Seven-day free trial, then from £5.99 per month Britbox Archive subscription service created by the BBC and ITV featuring British programming as far back as the 1940s. It houses the largest collection of British content (including shows from Channel 4, Channel 5 and Comedy Central) on any streaming service (britbox.co.uk). Thirty days free, then £5.99 per month Apple TV+ Original content, TV shows and movies, via iphone, ipad, Mac, Apple TV or a smart TV app (apple.com). Seven days free, then £4.99 per month Disney+ The place to go for all things Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Content includes movies, TV shows and documentaries (disneyplus.com/uk). £59.99 per year, or £5.99 per month Facebook Watch Original content includes drama, comedy and news (facebook.com/watch). Free, requires a Facebook account Rakuten TV New movies, plus Hollywood classics, TV shows and documentaries (rakuten.tv/ uk). No fee, pay as you go Chili New movies and classic TV series (uk.chili.com). No monthly fee, pay for what you watch Google Play Movies, TV shows, apps, music and games (play.google.com/store). No monthly fee, pay as you go

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