Feb 14 2014
If you are one of the many outside the UK who have lost the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, there are still options.
Listed below, are some options to help you view and listen for free. If you know any other good sites or apps, drop me a line.
UK Radio Overseas
There are many ways to listen to BBC and commercial UK radio worldwide for free. On your computer, phone or tablet, there are many free options available You could also invest in a Wi-Fi (Internet) radio. I have one of these in my kitchen, where I listen to about 80% of my radio. I rarely listen via satellite.
All the BBC’s radio channels are available for free on BBC iPlayer, also to listeners overseas. There are BBC iPlayer apps available for Android, Apple iOS and Windows Phones. There are also numerous free radio apps available for Android that offer BBC radio stations.
Radioplayer is a free service offering both BBC and commercial radio stations. A few commercial stations may be blocked, not the BBC.
Listen to live radio, or browse our catch-up programmes, including hundreds of podcasts from the BBC iPlayer. Radioplayer has everything from news and sport – to pop, rock, indie, dance, jazz, soul, and classical. It’s perfect for listening to football, cricket, tennis, and F1 at the weekend. Radioplayer is a not for profit company founded by the BBC, Global Radio, Guardian Media Group, Absolute Radio and RadioCentre to serve radio and its audiences by making listening easy.
Apps are available for Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone & Kindle Fire
British TV Overseas
This is a bit more of a challenge, all the official sites, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, have to restrict their live TV streams to the UK. So unless you use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), you will not be able to watch their channels through their sites.
That said, there are some free options out there, picture quality is not perfect, though you can still watch Corrie, EastEnders or the BBC News.
Please remember, these services are free, some contain ads and picture quality is not HD.
FilmOn.com is an internet based television provider owned by FilmOn.TV Inc. In 2010 FilmOn.com launched a streaming internet TV service for mobile devices.
The FilmOn.com Mobile TV platform offers streaming television to devices with iOS and Android.
The service is also available as a desktop player, FilmOn HDi Player, available for Windows, Mac OS, Suse and Ubuntu.
UK channels available include BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News, CBBC, Cbeebies, ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, Channel 4, E4, More 4, Film4, 4Music, Channel 5, Dave, Really, Viva and Pick TV.
Apps available for Android and Apple iOS.
German site that offers some channels from the UK: BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Apps available for Android, Widows Desktop and a way to view on Apple devices. The desktop app works well, no adds and picture quality is quite good.
The Schöner Fernsehen app allows you to watch live TV online through your mobile or tablet device. Features include:
A complete list of channels, including minutes until the show ends.
Set alarms for specific shows.
Set a wishlist for shows you enjoy watching, and be reminded that they will play soon.
There are also live US streams from WCBS New York, WNBC New York and WWOR (My9).
Live Media Player Recorder
I was surprised by what I could find here. BBC One, ITV in good quality, many more.
Picture quality is not that great on many channels.
For Android see: No download link available.
For Apple iOS see: No download link available.