Services of this type have recently been propagated as fungus after rain. And the lawsuits are proliferating because the owners of traditional television stations realize that they are losing money. They are therefore trying to put everything in the official plane so they can do something about themselves. As they come out, we will see them in the coming months and next year.
We will look at what is officially available today, at least for some representative selection, knowing that other services, such as sledovanitv.cz or 4network.tv, exist besides the applications mentioned below.
You often require a connection through a partner network or special registration. If you are interested in them, you may be able to find information from your ISP. Today, similar services really try to get offer for everyone.
As indicated, we'll focus on specific live streaming services that are not distributed to your home network, but to your laptops, especially tablets and mobile phones with a variety of operating systems.
Services can be divided into several aspects. First, depending on who they are intended for (whether for a given TV broadcaster's customer or for anyone) whether they are free of charge or for a monthly fee, or depending on whether it is a single channel like National TV or multiple channels terrestrial broadcasting. It can also be all freely available on channels within DVB-T. So far, because when the paid ones appear, it will also be solved.
We have deliberately excluded online streaming video services (VODs) from TV channels or TV station archives, such as TV, Voyo, Filmbox Live or Prima Play. We'll take care of them the next time.
We will also not talk about the online graboj.cz video recorder that allows DVB-T to record or various DVB-T tuners for notebooks or even mobile phones such as Evolveo XtraTV Stick.
Today, we will focus on live streaming mobile traffic on the road via Wi-Fi or 3.5G and 4G (LTE) mobile data networks. Thanks to LTE already introduced in our country, such a stream can be high quality due to high bandwidth. Besides, in some cases I have tried it in this way at Filmbox Live, ČT24, ČT Sport and UPC Horizon Go. And I'll tell you - it's great!
It depends on two things - the speed and stability of your mobile internet connection and application capabilities. Some apps have image quality manually adjustable and often supplemented by automatic line speed control (CT applications), others have automatic only. For example, UPC Horizon Go.
But there is also the third thing that is fundamentally signed on the "quality of reception". That is, what stream is being put into circulation by the broadcaster himself.
In practice, sometimes the streaming broadcast looks great on the mobile phone or the phablet (phone-tablet), but less well on a tablet with a 10-inch screen.
In any case, as you can see, you can only influence the result a little.
And a note: Applications that can be spoken can be run on any data network, ie Wi-Fi, both home and public, as well as mobile data networks, without any specific operator. This also applies to O2TV or T-Mobile TV.
But in that case be prepared to pay for a service pack if you run the application on your mobile data network. Neither of the two mobile TV operators available yet offers relief in this respect.
Supported platforms: Apple iOS, Google Android, PC (Adobe Flash Player, Apple HTML5 browser), Samsung Bada, Symbian 3 and Windows Phone 7
Czech TV supports an unusual number of mobile platforms, next to the usual PC (Apple, Windows).
For small mobile devices such as tablet or smartphone, Google is now the most widely used Google Android platform where both applications have been tested.
Both CT24 and CT Sports are built on the same basis and available for download at the Google Play marketplace. They offer news and current live stream with a slight delay over DVB-T (in the order of a second), which is quite common with all services. In addition, they have just escaped from a long-term test broadcast, which is a "CT specialty". Fortunately, you still have the option of filling and submitting the form if you do not.
The application - unlike the iVysílání ČT dedicated to archive programs - works only for the respective channel, ie ČT24, and then for ČT Sport. Quality is adjustable in two modes - standard and high. You can also choose fullscreen mode, ie without the top Android screen, but be aware that on some mobile phones or tablet with touch screen buttons, the whole screen mode may not work.
Supported platforms: Apple iOS from version 7.0 above, Google Android 4.0 and above, Windows Phone, PC (web browser)
Mobile TV broadcasting about 20 different channels (BBC, CT Sport, CT1, Digi Sport 1, Fanda, FilmBox, Nickleodeon, Nova Cinema, Prima and TA3) was launched in May this year, and its owners got access to live TV up to four devices. As we have also informed you recently, by November, over 140,000 O2 customers have installed the app and more than 80% of them use it regularly, according to company statistics.
New service is available for anyone, just download the O2TV Go application, complete the registration information and pay a minimum monthly fee.
Although it has already been said, you can use O2TV Go no matter what mobile operator - or what Wi-Fi network - you are. You can also use the Time Shift feature and record programs to a limited extent. Quality setting is only automatic now.
Supported platforms: Google Android, Symbian 3, Windows Phone 7 and PC (web browser)
There are actually three apps available on Android for one Óčko TV station. Classical Óčko, Óčko Gold and Óčko Expres. You can play them both in video mode and listening mode. The other is not always the case.
The classic Óčko offers its own program for seven days in advance, archive programs and vote for songs (Chart).
The application can manually set video quality in three steps or switch to auto. You can also choose full-screen mode, which may not work fine again, as mentioned above.
Supported platforms: Apple iOS, Google Android 4.0 and higher, PC (web browser)
The service offers 20 DVB-T free-to-air programs and requires, besides downloading an application, a mobile Internet connection with a minimum of 2 Mbps for one connected device.
In the case of Android, you need to download the Poda.TV application, connect to the client zone based on your access data, and have the activation (pairing) code generated for each connected device that you then enter into the downloaded application.
There is also a program guide, the possibility to start programs up to four days back, stop live TV and also upload it if necessary.
Poda net.TV is available to those interested in Ostrava, Brna, South Bohemia and also in some places in Prague.
Supported platforms: Apple iOS, Google Android from 2.3.1
The Google Play app is actually called "Mobile TV," but fortunately, it also looks after entering "T-Mobile TV". Upon registration, you have live broadcast for ten channels in the pilot operation, typically missing Barrandov TV. Otherwise, there are many interesting features, such as the possibility to return to the program menu for about 14 days, any program to be released for up to 48 hours after its broadcast, upload and save for up to 7 days (10 hours of space available ) or play back from the beginning. All this for the ten T-Mobile selected channels, including ČT, Prima, Nova and Film Europe.
T-Mobile TV is intended for up to two mobile devices that can use it at the same time, working with one of the above mentioned OS and having this recommended minimum configuration: a dual-core processor and 256 MB of RAM.
Receiving quality is controlled automatically, even commercials can be part of programs, and you can watch TV on the device without an inserted SIM (if you are on Wi-Fi).
Supported platforms: Apple iOS (as a web application), Google Android 4.0 and higher
For the service, a nonprofit organization based on the new Civil Code is known as "In4you, Inc.". It identifies its service as "Personal Streaming" and provides it for selected channels in the DVB-T ground broadcast. In their own words, these are "channels to which a user has acquired rights, e.g. in the form of a concessionary fee".
TV4you cooperates on this service with several partners, especially the West Bohemian University of Plzeň and Smart Media Solution. This is known primarily for creating excellent Applications for Czech Television.
In terms of quality settings, there is an automatic and two manual options available.
At present, a service providing thirteen channels is the subject of litigation, the outcome of which will undoubtedly affect other streaming of live TV in our country.
Supported platforms: Apple iOS 6.0 and higher, Google Android 4.0 and higher, PC (Windows 7 and higher, Mac OS X 10.7 and above)
I have tested the application for digizone.cz and you can find detailed information here.
To operate this service, you need an active UPC (digital TV) connection with the Klasik (Starter) or Comfort (Standard or Supreme) tariff and registration in "My UPC". You can then have up to 63 channels, but you actually get what you have to pay for in the UPC package, except HD channels that are not supported yet.
UPC Horizon Go is an excellently crafted application with basic features yet. Particularly great is the EPG (EPG) processing and is pleased with the easy sorting of channels and control at all.
Video quality control of the received video is only automatic and there is no recording or Time Shift available, so watching live TV with a delay. You can access the service on up to three mobile devices at the same time. Just log in through "My UPC".
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