TV & Radio Apps

iPhone 6‘App’ is short for ‘application’ – which is another name for a computer programme. Normally, when people talk about apps they are almost always referring to programmes that run on mobile devices, such as smartphones or tablet such as the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab.
There are apps that let your phone stream radio stations over 3G or Wi-Fi, turning your phone into a pocket radio. There are apps that will let you watch live TV streams of all the main UK channels and many more worldwide.

Apps are downloaded from an online shop run by the makers of the phone or tablet’s operating system. In the case of the iPhone and iPad, it is ITunes Store’. On Android phones it’s the ‘Google Play’, on Windows Phone the ‘Windows Phone site’, on Blackberry from ‘Blackberry App World’ and on Nokia phones (Symbian) from the ‘Nokia Store’. These are all accessed by an icon on the device’s home screen.

App Stores

Amazon App store (Amazon devices & Android)

Google Play  (Android)

iTunes Store UK (iOS)

iPad Apps Store UK (iOS)

Windows Phone (Windows)

Aptoide Use Aptoide to download UK only apps for Android.



4odWatch the best of Channel 4, E4 and More4 with our new 4oD app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch – free to download – the only way to watch 4oD on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch – wide selection of shows from Channel 4, E4 and More4 – huge 30-day catch up window – free and unlimited access to content.

The 4oD app is free to download and is the only way you can watch 4oD on Android devices, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It enables you to catch up on a wide selection of programmes recently broadcast on Channel 4, E4 and More4, for up to 30 days after transmission. Once you have downloaded the app, the content is available to watch free of charge with no limits to the amount of content you can play.

This application does not work outside the UK. Please note that many US shows are not currently available on this app. The app can be browsed using 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity, but video playback is only only available using Wi-Fi.


Devices: Android, iOS


BBC iPlayer

bbciplayerWatch and listen to BBC TV and Radio programmes from the last 7 days, watch and listen live, or choose your favourites from over 400 hours of BBC programmes from the last 7 days. Watch live TV
Listen to live radio Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes Add programmes to your favourites and have them ready and waiting when a new episode or series is available Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes.

NOTE: UK only IP restrictions apply to all live streams and VOD services on BBC iPlayer. How you can access programmes will depend on your specific phone and network.

Programmes can be played through a wi-fi connection. Customers with 3 UK and Vodafone (except for those using Android, Apple or Symbian 3 devices) can also access programmes via their 3G network.
Certain programmes, including some imported shows, sporting events or films, may not be available on the mobile version of BBC iPlayer because of rights agreements, even if they are available on the PC version.

For more information, see:

Devices: Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Nokia, Windows Phone


BBC Media Player

bbcmediaplayerBBC Media Player works with other BBC websites and applications to provide video and audio playback on your Android phone. We’re just rolling it out now to the BBC iPlayer website. Other applications and websites will follow.

Once you have downloaded this application, continue to browse the BBC iPlayer website on your Android device as normal. When you play any video or audio the BBC Media Player will launch and handle playback of the content.  You may notice that when you install the app it asks you for permission to access your phone’s network communication, phone calls, and system tools.

These are standard Android app permissions that are defined by the Google Android platform. The 3 permissions the BBC Media Player app asks to use are:

Network Communication – full internet access, Phone Calls – read phone state and identity and System tools – preventing phone from sleeping, retrieve running applications.

Devices: Android

BBC Radio

bbcradioBBC Radio comes with special features of All BBC Stations:
Radio 1x
Radio 2
Radio 3
Radio 4
Radio 4 Extra
Radio 5
Radio 6
Asian Network
BBC world Service

Local stations from all over the UK, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and from the Channel Islands.

This is not an official BBC app, though it works well and allow you to search stations by country and region.

This is not an official BBC app, though it does list all national, regional and local BBC radio stations.
Devices: Android


Demand 5

Catch up on Channel 5 programmes on the Demand 5 app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
demand5It offers a streaming catch up service for a selection of Channel 5, 5* and 5USA shows.

To ensure you are provided with the best viewing experience, the application requires Wifi. Rights restrictions around content mean that this application is restricted to use within the UK. You will need iOS version 4.0 and above to use this app.

If you have an Android phone, to watch videos simply go to in your browser, and find the programme you want to watch. Although you can watch video, Channel 5 do not technically support this platform.

NOTE: UK only IP restrictions apply to all VOD services on Demand 5.

Devices: Android, iOS, Windows 8



ITV Player

itvplayerCatch up on ITV programmes from the last seven days, on your mobile device. ITV Player on Android and iOS is ITV’s video catch-up service for mobile and tablet devices.
ITV Player on iOS brings you access to live streams of ITV1 and ITV2 and allows you to catch-up with your favourite ITV programmes on your mobile or tablet device.
Live streams are not currently available on Android devices.

This is the first application that allows you to view ITV programmes on your handset.
You can watch all ITV programmes that we have the rights to show on mobile, for up to seven days after broadcast.

NOTE: UK only IP restrictions apply to all live streams and VOD services on ITV Player.

For more information, see:

Devices: Android, iOS

FilmOn is an internet based television provider owned by FilmOn.TV Inc. In 2010 launched a streaming internet TV service for mobile devices. The 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.

There are also many other channels from Europe and the United States.

For more information, see:

Devices: Android, iOS


Live Media Player

Live Media Player – The best video player for watching/recording live tv stream on the Internet (DVR). Live Media Player supports almost all available streaming protocols as well as almost media live-media-playerformat.

Supported streaming protocols: HTTP Progressive Streaming, Apple HTTP Live Streaming, RTMP – RTMPS – RTMPE with connection parameters, Real RTSP, Windows Media RTSP, MMS, MMSH, RTP… – EXCLUSIVE FEATURE: Record (capture) live video stream in realtime without any quality loss ! – Play all local media in HD, Full HD resolution, Flash video (FLV) is also supported. – Supported media codecs: H264, MP3, AAC, WMV, WMA, FLV, VP6, MP4.

Supported media containers: MKV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, AAC,…. – Play media stream directly inside your browser. – Search for live stream on the internet. – Create and share your own stream with friends. – Manage favorite streams. – Support UTF8 srt subtitle format. – Ability to update, delete custom streams. – Hardware Assisted decoding on all android version. – Upgrade to ad free version via In-App purchasing. – Fully Hardware decoding on android 4.1 and onward.
Watch thousand of free live TV streams on the Internet.

NOTE: Please be aware that there will be no predefined streams in the application. This is a media player, not a TV application.
You have to search for a stream yourself. If you don’t know what live streaming is then you should not download this application.

IMPORTANT: Full Hardware Acceleration (H/W+) is enabled by default. If you can hear sound but see black screen, then please go to “Settings” and change “Hardware Acceleration” level to “H/W” or “S/W” for more compatibility.

Devices: Android, iOS



With UK Radio in one app, you can flick through our stations and see what’s on, with a quick tap of your finger. Search for your favourites, and set them as presets. Listen to live radio, or browse our catch-up programmes, including hundreds of podcasts from the BBC iPlayer.

We’ve got 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.


Devices: Android, iOS



Readon TV Movie Radio Player

readonReadon TV Movie Radio Player is a desktop player that allows you to watch Live Satellite TV and radio broadcasts directly on your computer. This technology, called TV/music over IP, requires no additional equipment and gives you access to many channels from around the globe.

There are many UK and news channels available, BBC One, Sky News, Bloomberg TV, Euronews, Aljazeera International, Chelsea TV, MTV UK, MTV Hits UK, Adult channels, BBC Radio and UK commercial radio.

Devices: Windows PC


Schöner Fernsehen

sfThe 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.

UK channels available include BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News Channel, ITV, ITV2, Channel 4 and Film4.
There are also live US streams from WCBS New York, WNBC New York and WWOR (My9).


Devices: Android & Windows Phone (Not available from Google Play or Windows Apps).


Sky Go

skygoTake Sky Sports on the move with the new Sky Go app. Get more from Sky Sports with the new Sky Go app, which gives Sky TV customers with Sky Sports 1 & 2 access to all five Sky Sports channels wherever they are in the UK and Ireland for FREE on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
What’s more, Sky TV customers with Sky Movies 1 & 2 can enjoy the latest movies on Sky Premier as well as Showcase, Action and Adventure and Family – all on the go and at no extra cost.
With Sky Go you can register up to two devices and watch on both at the same time wherever you have a 3G or Wi-Fi connection so you needn’t miss the Friday night premier or that all important deciding goal.

Sky Go is available on Android devices and iOS 4.2 or above including iPhone 3GS, 4, 5, iPad 1 & 2 and iPod touch 4th gen.

If you are a Sky Go Monthly Ticket customer you’ll also get access to the Sky Go app.
All you need to log-in and start enjoying Sky Go is a Sky iD username and password which you can set up at Signing up is quick and easy and you’ll be watching on the move in minutes.

For more information, see:
Devices: Android, iOS



sky+Record, search and discover. Wherever you are on Android, iPad and iPhone. This clever, little App is much more than a seven day TV guide – it’ll help to make sure you never miss the latest and greatest TV.
You will find a highlights section with the top shows for the day – whether it’s the movie premiere of the week, a big sporting clash or the latest must-see drama. And if you find something you like, it’ll even suggest similar programmes that you might like too.

If you want to watch something at a specific time, that’s easy – there’s a full seven day TV listing with all your top channels, just like the Sky TV guide on your Sky+ box. There’s also a handy Favourites section, so you can group your much-loved channels and shows together to make your own personal TV guide.

Once you have picked a show, just tap the record button and it will be on your Sky+ box – ready to watch when you get home. What’s more, you can record from anywhere in the world using your iPad or iPhone or Android device. Download now and take control of your TV wherever you are with the FREE Sky+ App.

For more information, see:

Devices: Android, iOS



TVCatchup is an easy to use service for watching live TV over an internet connection or via 3G and 4G. TVCatchup is an internet television service for viewing certain UK channels from free-to-air digital terrestrial and satellite broadcasters live without the use of a television receiver.

The service re-broadcasts BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and free to air Sky channels. As the service permits the viewing of live television channels a TV licence is required. The service is only accessible in the United Kingdom and according to TVCatchup’s own forums, the website has stringent IP monitoring facilities that they use to detect and block multiple accesses from the same IP as well as all proxy and VPN access. The service is funded by advertising, with a pre-roll advertisement preceding the live channel stream.

NOTE: UK only IP restrictions apply to all services on TVCatchup.

Devices: Android, iOS, Windows 8




TV from around the world is now in your hands: TVdream, the TV you’ve always dreamed of, comes on your Android Smartphone and Tablet to take you beyond any geographical border, without having to give up your favourite television program or channel. Sports, News, Music, Movies, Cartoons, Documentaries, Live Events now always with you!

The Social TV is easy, fast and always updated, which allows you to create your personal playlist and share channels with your friends. Channels available include: BBC World News, CNN, Sky News, Euronews, Bloomberg TV Europe, QVC UK, Heart TV, Capital TV, Sky Poker, Aljazeera International, Eurosport 1 UK and Eurosport 2 UK.

Information Notes: The TV channels on this application are video streams available for free to anyone on the Internet. TVdream does not transmit a signal: all video streams come directly from the server of issuers that have obtained the rights to broadcast on the Internet.

Devices: Android, Windows computers



TVPlayer is a live TV service that lets you watch all your favourite shows on your computer, mobile and tablet for free.
TVPlayer is available on Freeview channel 241 on Freeview HD compatible Internet-connected TVs and boxes.
Over 45 channels are now available on TVPlayer, including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Box Television, Capital TV, Fashion TV and QVC.

TVPlayer: Watch Live TV Online For Free

TVPlayer is owned and operated by Simplestream, a leading provider of live streaming services to the media industry. They currently stream over 80 channels for UK broadcasters from their F.A.C.T certified Media Hub facility in London.


Devices: Android, Amazon, iOS


UK Radio Lite

ukradioUK Radio(LITE) brings out top UK music stations and world wide radio stations in to Android.
It plays mp3/aac/aacp shoutcast/icecast radio stations.
Sleep timer, search, favourite are features.
Listen to all UK Radio Stations
There are no BBC radio stations on this app, use the BBC Radio app to listen to the BBC.


Devices: Android




World News Live 24

onairWitness breaking news from around the world, this free app only includes live streams from English broadcasters.
Wherever you are, whenever you want, access the news live from all over the world, international Headline News, Breaking News, exclusive, business, sports, documentaries, debates, Weather forecast and much more.

This app performs better over a Wi-Fi network and on Android 2.2 or higher, 2G/3G may be unstable for viewing live streams.
Channel available are BBC World News, CNN, Sky News, Arirang TV from Korea, euronews, FRANCE24 (English version), NHK World, RT (Russia Today) and RTÉ NEWS NOW from Ireland.

There can be problems with some channels, though picture quality is quite good when using this app over a Wi-Fi network, there are some good international channels and it is rare to find a live Irish channel on a free app.

Devices: Android


TV Guide Apps

TV listings guides for UK channels, covering Freeview, Freesat and Sky. There are over 600 channels available in the UK, covering many different genres and areas of the population, find out what is on by using one of the apps listed below.
If the channel you looking for is not listed, go to the broadcasters website for programme information and schedules.



freesatChoose what to watch, when to watch it, anytime, anywhere with just a few taps on your iOS device thanks to our handy free app.
Need help deciding what to watch? Get daily recommendations from our team of telly experts in Showcase
Never miss your favourite shows again – pair the app with your Freetime box and you can set recordings and reminders from the app, so if you’re out and about you won’t miss out.
Retire your remote – scroll through the TV listings and watch on your telly with just the flick of a finger by using the app to control your Freetime box.

All you need to get the most out the Freesat App:

1. An iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iOS 6.0 or higher.
2. A compatible Freesat box with Freetime.
3. A Freesat ID so can can pair your box and app together.

Devices: Android, iOS

Freeview HD TV Guide

freeviewhdThe Freeview HD TV Guide app – your complete guide to what’s on Freeview, there’s no better way to plan on the move and make the most of your Freeview viewing time.
With the Full TV Guide, you get a full grid view of the TV guide so you can explore an interactive timeline of Freeview HD and all the other Freeview channels with added HD highlights
Explore the top shows for the day – whether new series or returning favourites. Make sure you don’t miss any hidden gems.
You can save your favourites,. The more you interact with the app the more we’ll learn what you like, and the better the recommendations will be.
Recommended, the app can produce a personalised list of recommendations for you, if you’re stuck for ideas for what to watch. You’re only one touch away from a list of new shows to try based on your favourites.
Share your favourite programmes, once you’ve found a show you love, the app makes it easy to share it with your friends through Facebook, Twitter or email.
Never miss your favourite shows again – sync your calendar with the app for a friendly reminder.
Freeview on the go, once you have viewed the listings on the interactive timeline, they are downloaded to your phone. This means you can plan your viewing even if you do not have a signal.

For more information, see:

Devices: Android, iOS


On Air

onair-guideUK’s best rated TV guide app for android with listings for the UK and Ireland. Over 1.5 m downloads worldwide. 4.5 from 5 stars in all app stores. Super fast, beautiful and free. With information on shows and movies of over 400 television stations from Sky, Virgin, Freesat, Freeview, UPC, Soarview and Soarsat.
– All of UK’s and Ireland’s major television channels (including Sky, Virgin, Freesat, Freeview, UPC, Soarview, Soarsat…)
– Programmes for over 400 television stations (including all Sky channels)
– Listings views or EPG (electronic programme guide) view
– Overview of what’s coming up today and the next 8 days
– Watch trailers, view information about shows and movies and find out which actors are starring on television
– Facebook and Twitter integration (Social TV)
– ON AIR is free and supported by advertising


Devices: Android, iOS


TV Guide UK application is FREE and allows you to see what’s on television now and next at one glance. If you prefer, there is also the option to click into full-day listings for the next seven days.


Devices: Android, iOS






TV24 UK TV-Guide – TV listings fast and easy, 14 day TV listings, the fastest TV listings site in the UK.The guide gives you fast and easy TV listings for all major channels in the country, including regional variations of BBC and ITV.
Features include:
TV Guide information covering 14 days
Add reminders and get notifications when your favourite show start
Movies page showing all movies on during the day
Sports page showing all sports events on during the day
Search the guide using the built in search function


Devices: Android, iOS


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