TV Catch up Box (UK)


Standard Member
Hi all, apologise if I've posted this in the wrong area, but I have no idea what I would categorise it under.

We're in the process of buying our first flat and am really excited. We currently have Sky+ HD, and we're thinking about ditching it because I only record programmes that I can get on BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player etc. To be honest I probably only watch about on hour or two of TV a day. The only reason we got sky was for Sky Sports, but we will be living a couple of minutes walk from the local pub which plays the footy.

I would however prefer to watch programmes via our lounge TV rather than watching them on my iPad/macbook, is there a 'box' out there that has built in apps just for online TV? I wish the AppleTV has these services built in!

We're really looking to save and not paying for a TV service and TV license could save us a good £60 a month. Apparently my partner believes he'll have £60 of beer tokens a month!

(from research we don't need a TV license if we're watching programmes that have already been broadcast - you have to have a TV license if you are watching/recording TV live) is that correct?

Many thanks!


Distinguished Member
A PS3 would cover iPlayer, 4OD and ITV Player they can be gotten for £140 or thereabouts.

For something cheaper than that, there is an Android application called TVcatchup this isn't VOD but the actual free to air TV channels. You can buy a variety of Android sticks or boxes you can use with it though it's not really meant to used in this manner without a touch screen so you wiil need a wireless USB mouse to control the app under Android. You might even be able to use the VOD apps like iPlayer for Android too.


Well-known Member
If you still want to be able to record and watch live tv you'll want a you view box, this also has iplayer and the other main channels available for streaming.

Not really sure about the tv licence, if you only have a PC and you stream content then you probably won't need one, but if you had a tv and aerial how could you prove you never watched any freeview / TV channels?

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