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 http://m.tvcatchup.com 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 http://m.tvcatchup.com
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:
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…
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)…
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.