TVCatchup launches public beta of its live TV mobile streaming service

Thanks to all your brave private beta-testing work , the TVCatchup mobile streaming service has today gone live for everyone to try, conveniently just in time for the planet’s emergency World Cup viewing needs. Point your phone at and begin. You’ll need to register an account first, mind.

Here’s the announcement and some things you need to know:

We have launched an open beta of our Mobile streams. To get started, simply point your phone to

We suggest, once logged in, you select High Quality and if this fails to play back properly, then trying Low Quality. We are not guaranteeing that your phone will work with these streams. We have been seeing highly variable results.

Remember, at this time, these streams are in beta. That means that they may be broken at times, and we will be working to improve things based upon your feedback.

Here’s a screenshot of us watching the World Cup opening ceremony, live on ITV1 this very afternoon, on our little HTC Magic:

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We’re at home and connected via wi-fi, which helps. You might want to login and read the FAQ on TVCatchup’s site before complaining it doesn’t work, as there’s a long list of caveats – not least a rather big one about Vodafone blocking live streaming via 3G…

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It’s a bit glitchy, but sort of works. We suspect you’ll do better on something a little more powerful than our HTC Magic. Here’s TVCatchup’s list of current developmental issues, taken from its forum (registration required)…

Known issues

Vodafone At this time, Vodafone users will not be able to access our streams over 3G. This is not a restriction set in place by TVCatchup

Audio Sync We know the audio can lose sync on some devices. We’re still trying to determine the cause of this.

Low Quality The low quality streams at the moment are deliberately low quality, to try to get the best device compatibility. We will work on improving this over the coming days and weeks.

Nokia Phones A lot of Nokia phones seem incapable of playing back the High Quality video.

HTC Desire Our testing is suggesting that the streams work over 3G, but when played over Wifi they do not play smoothly. We are working on improving this.

Draytek Routers If you are using a Draytek (and some other routers), these routers block our streams. The simplest way to get the streams working over WiFi is to place your phone in a DMZ.

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  1. suli750

     /  June 11, 2010

    I am watching tvcatchup on my HTC desire and really don’t have any issues, HQ or LQ both works OK on Wi-Fi or 3G mobile network, I am happy.!!

  2. HTC Desire, Orange, Sky Broadband. Worked fine streaming over WiFi, unable to try 3G at the moment.

  3. thatbaldbloke

     /  June 13, 2010

    I too am using it on my HTC DESIRE, some synching issues, yeah. but until the flash update comes out, and itv etc start streaming so we can get it, this is a great app.

  4. Eureka77

     /  June 15, 2010

    HTC Desire on Vodafone – can’t stream over 3G but works via wi-fi – audio synching issues and picture breaks up sometimes. Great work so far though…

  5. Well done TV Catch up. I persuaded my wife to get the HTC Desire instead of an iphone and was starting to think that maybe my dislike of apple had made me make a wrong decision. Looks like people are finally catching on to the commercial value of the android market!

  6. Giles

     /  June 23, 2010

    What browser are you using on the Desire as I get an exclamation mark saying Flash not supported.

  7. Warren

     /  June 29, 2010

    Cant get M.tvcatchup to work on my desire. Have changed anp settings as advised. Can get movie trailers at start but no live tv. Buffers but wont play. Ive tried wi fi and 3g and used several browsers, im on O2. Any ideas?

  8. Jann

     /  July 9, 2010

    Been using the iPhone version for months without a hitch. Recently bought a Dell Streak and the m. version works well, too. Although, bizarrely, I get a better experience over wifi using the low quality version.

  9. steve

     /  July 25, 2010


    are you sure your logging onto m.tcatchup??i was looging on trhough the main tvcatchup webpage and couldnt get live tv to work,typed and logged in and no problems so far…..


  10. steve

     /  July 25, 2010

    sorry,thats meant to be typing too fast for my fingers!

  11. daisey

     /  August 2, 2010

    i cant seem to be able to find the app on the market, any help please =[

  12. Trev

     /  September 4, 2010

    Im using HTC Desire on o2 firmware 2.2 frogo. and working perfect in HQ or LQ using HSDPA rather than 3G. Wifi also no problems on both.
    Great product.

  13. emma

     /  September 7, 2010

    i have the htc wildfire, and i can’t find it on the market..

  14. David Coales

     /  September 21, 2010

    I’m using it on a Samsung Galaxy S and the high quality streams look good. Sound syncs fine. Low quality streams are unwatchable though.

  15. milky

     /  October 29, 2010

    Work Perefectly on my eken m002

  16. klarkin

     /  October 31, 2010

    works perfectly well on x10 mini : ) yay!

  17. The new android app is brilliant finally microsoft and android phones are kicking apple’s but

    • Tim

       /  June 6, 2011

      Thers a tv catchup app on the android market?

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