TVCatchup Windows 8 app released; watch live UK TV shows for free

While US Windows 8 owners can stream some TV shows on demand after they are shown over the air, via services like Hulu Plus, Netflix and Microsoft's own Xbox Video, there is currently not an app for the US market designed to stream live TV shows from the major broadcast and cable networks. This week, UK users of Windows 8 can do exactly that with their own local TV networks with the launch of the TVCatchUp app for Windows 8.

TVCatchUp itself has been around for several years. It first launched in 2007 as an online DVR service. Its users could record TV shows and watch them later online, but not download those shows. The service was shut down in early 2008, in part due to issues with those same TV networks, but relaunched in a new version later that year.

TVCatchUp is currently available via a web browser for UK residents, along with downloadable apps for iOS and Android. The new Windows 8 app, which also works on Windows RT devices, was released earlier this week. The app allows users to watch TV broadcasts from over 50 TV channels in the UK, including various BBC networks, ITV1 and more. Needless to say, the app will only work if you live in the UK.

The Windows 8 app will work in both landscape and portrait mode if you have a Windows 8/RT tablet. It also supports "snap view" for running two Windows 8 apps on screen at once, along with pinning favorite channels to the Start screen. The app also serves as an interactive program guide, allowing its users to check out details such as episode summaries, cast list, episode guides and more.

While it's doubtful the US will ever get this kind of app, due to pressure from the TV networks, UK residents who own a Windows 8 device will likely love this new app.

Source: Windows Store website | Image via TVCatchup

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I hear that Sky are looking to get their Sky Go app out for Win 8 by the year end too. Looking good for Win8 on the apps front!

Used this on my Android and iPad for ages. Brilliant app, very rarely down and makes watching TV in awkard places (waiting rooms, cars etc) much better, now i can have it on in the office when i'm feeling lonely

While it's doubtful the US will ever get this kind of app, due to pressure from the TV networks, UK residents who own a Windows 8 device will likely love this new app.

Ugh. Dumb US networks. I hope one day those executives see the bigger picture and do what's better for consumers rather than short-term gains by making it harder to watch broadcasted TV. I'm not so sure if it's the TV networks as much as the TV providers (i.e. Comcast, Time Warner, etc.) who's expensive cable/satellite models are losing out towards Internet-provided TV. Althought with Comcast swallowing up NBC, Time Warner/CBS having the CW, and other examples, it's hard to tell who's who these days.

Levi Freeman said,
So money has changed hands and neowin posts a story about an this app. Where was neowin when this app came out? Live TV: http://apps.microsoft.com/webp...b1a1-46cd-8ced-ab989172e185

There are more channels on this app than there is on TV Catchup and there are live tv channels for france and Germany.

Cool. Another nice app. Has a much more cohesive Metro look than TVCatchup. One of the better examples of apps that have the "ideal" Metro look in my opinion.

Levi Freeman said,
So money has changed hands and neowin posts a story about an this app. Where was neowin when this app came out? Live TV: http://apps.microsoft.com/webp...b1a1-46cd-8ced-ab989172e185

There are more channels on this app than there is on TV Catchup and there are live tv channels for france and Germany.

Nice. It has more channels and i like the design more, but it dont have as many quality channels as TV Catchup, as most of them are foreign and we all know the UK has the best TV by miles. I'll use both apps though.

Quikboy said,

Cool. Another nice app. Has a much more cohesive Metro look than TVCatchup. One of the better examples of apps that have the "ideal" Metro look in my opinion.

How is that even legal?
As all the main channel providers geo-block their content due to international copyright laws as does tvcatchup, so what gives this provider special dispensation.
Looks totally illegal myself and wouldn't touch it with a bargepole and advise others not to as well, as if they do this then god knows what else they would do with your private details if you ever registered with them.

Am I correct in thinking that using tunlr DNS servers would allow non UK-residents to use this app to watch UK television?

Cute James said,
Am I correct in thinking that using tunlr DNS servers would allow non UK-residents to use this app to watch UK television?

Try it and let us know. I don't know how to do it.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Try it and let us know. I don't know how to do it.

Alas, I'm not using Windows 8.
However, under Windows XP, a combination of the 'DNS Jumper' tool and the tunlr DNS servers allows me to watch 'Match of the Day' on the BBC iPlayer.

Martin Rene said,
is the app a metro app or a desktop app, I just can't find on windows 8 store.

You MUST be in the UK to be able to use this app. If you are in the US or somewhere else, it won't show up. If you are in the US, try ABC player (UK doesn't get this, though).

I am in the US, but I was able to download the app by changing the OS settings to UK, but the videos themselves still won't play.