Streaming Television

There are so many different ways to watch television. You can watch last week’s ABC programs using iView, you can stream TV shows from anywhere in the world online or you can order movies to arrive directly to your lounge room without ever taking a step outside the house. But what’s the best way for you to get your favourite shows and movies?

What is ‘streaming’?
When you download something, whether it is a video file, a word document or a song, you wait until you have the whole file on your computer, and then you open it and watch, read or listen to it. Downloading can, for larger files, take quite a while, which means if you download a video you might have to wait a couple of hours to watch it. Streaming fixes this problem. When you stream a video, you are downloading just the part of the video you are watching. As you watch, the rest of the video downloads in chronological order, so you don’t have to wait for it to finish – the process of watching and downloading is simultaneous.

Option 1: Streaming directly to your television
Quickflix is a DVD rental service which gives you unlimited access to its database of movies for $14.99 per month. They upload 300 new movies each month, and there are two ways of accessing it. If you have a Sony Bravia television which connects to the internet you can receive your subscription directly to the television. Alternatively you can purchase a Blu-ray Disk player which can connect to the internet and receive the movies that way. Once you have the subscription all you have to do is pick a movie and it will be delivered to your television via your wireless internet connection. It’s cheaper than Foxtel, and you won’t get a whole lot of channels you don’t want. To find out more you can visit the Quickflix website.

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Option 2: Streaming to your computer
There are a number of ways to stream television to your computer, so we are just going to look at TVU Networks, as it is comprehensive, relatively simple to use and it’s free. TVU Networks is a website which links up television stations from all over the world, and allows you to watch them through the TVU player. To use it you download the player, choose your channel and show (including live broadcasts of major sporting events and foreign language television), and start watching. And it’s free. So what’s the catch? All the original advertising during shows is maintained, and you are asked to watch a short advert before each video will load in the TVU player. It’s not much to ask for free access to so much content.

Option 3: iView
iView is a website owned by the ABC which allows you to watch shows which have aired in the past fourteen days. It’s free to use, there is no advertising, and the quality is great. You can read our How To Use iView guide here, or head straight to the iView website.

Option 4: YouTube
A number of television shows have started to put older episodes up on YouTube. The BBC put clips up from a number of its most popular television shows on the BBC YouTube channel, and Nigella Lawson uploads many of her older cooking videos on her personal channel. If you haven’t used YouTube much before you can also try our handy how-to guide, Do You YouTube?.

Do you have a favourite YouTube channel? Or a better way to stream television and movies? Let us know in the comments below.