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Video On Demand – The Essential Guide 2018

Video on demand is exploding. Netflix are spending $8bn a year, and Amazon are spending $4.5bn and even the BBC is costing £3.7bn. So where is all this content appearing and where can you see it.

We’ve put together a guide to what is where and how to find it. It’s categorised into:
  • Broadcasters, BBC, Sky and the like
  • Big American On Demand
  • TV With Broadband
  • Cinema
  • The App Stores
  • Video Sharing
  • Sport
  • The Rest
It’s all done in the best possible taste, so we haven’t included any of the dodgy, illegal or adult stuff that is available. It is all out there and your search engine can help if you want to roam the wild west. We haven’t included either the stuff that is available from the torrent and dodgy file sharing sites where viruses abound and your broadband provider is probably doing their best to stop you visiting.

The Broadcasters
Sky go
TV, movies, sports and news
Free to Sky TV customers
Sky News
Live on sky news app -free
TV and movies without a contract.  Purchase monthly 'passes' that focus on movies, entertainment, or sport.
BBC iPlayer
All things BBC on all devices.
Catch up with the latest ITV content. ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4,CITV
Everything from Channel 4 Included Channel 4, E4,More 4, Film4,4 Seven
Everything from Channel 5 and more. Channel5, 5USA, 5Star,5Select, Paramount Network, 5 Spike, Blaze, Bet, PBS America, Together, Spark, Real Stories.
UK TV Play
All the UK TV Play channels including Dave, Really, Yesterday, Drama

Big American On Demand

Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon Prime Video is a movie streaming service from online Amazon. The service offers older movies, TV shows and original series. There are nearly 19,000 movies available.


Offering a good selection of movies and TV shows from the UK and the US, it also offers its original shows like House of Cards. Nearly 15,000 titles available of which about 5,000 are movies.
Reality TV from NBC. Mostly full of American TV series, including shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the Real Housewives series and Top Chef

TV With Broadband

80 channels+ and various subscription models and packages including BT Sport. No Sky
Virgin TV
200+ channels including some Sky
TalkTalk TV
93 Channels including some Sky
TalkTalk TV Store (formerly Blinkbox)
70 channels
Sky provides TV through it’s NowTV service – see above



Describing itself as a 'curated online cinema bringing you cult, classic, independent, and award-winning movies'. Over 4,500 movies available

Rakuten TV aka wuaki
TV is a value for money movie and TV streaming service aimed at those that want to watch the odd film or TV, rather than regularly seeing several videos a month. Films and TV shows available to buy and rent.

Curzon Home Cinema

Independent films on demand, available to watch at home on the same day as their cinema release, plus exclusive collections and classic movies. 400+ films


Everything Disney for £4.99 a month

Sony Movie Channel

Free films and content via the Sony app.

The service that started in Italy supplies a mix of movies and box sets.

BFI Player

Video on-demand service from the British Film Institute (BFI). It contains classic and contemporary, hand-picked from festivals, cultural programme and the BFI National Archive.


Up to date feature films, series and film star interviews


iTunes is Apple's online store for movies, TV shows, music and books that lets you purchase or rent content from any Apple device. iTunes currently offers 85,000 movies and 300,000 TV shows

xbox video

Downloading and renting TV and movies

Microsoft Films & TV
Microsoft Films & TV is the tech giant's own movie and TV service

Google Play
Google Play is Google's online store for movies, TV shows, music, apps and books

Video Sharing


Worlds biggest video sharing site and a lot more


Premium video sharing mostly for creative types

Facebook Watch
Meant to have launched as a rival to YouTube in the - just doesn't seem to work as at 30 August 2018

YouTube look a like with a more commercial edge
Short-form video content with a focus on short 90-second clips, offering quick and lighthearted videos
There are many other places you can catch video on demand including Facebook- in fact way too many to list here.

European football
European sport
The Rest

History Hit TV

A range of history programmes from Dan Snow

Marquee TV
Highhbrow arts channel for ballet, opera, plays and some classy films
Asian TV including Hindi

Factual programs
Insight TV
Lifestyle action sports

Comedy programmes

Quest OD
The documentaries channel has it’s own free app.
TV Player
100 TV channels such as BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Dave, History, Lifetime, Discovery, TLC and many more. A premium service offers more channels
BBC One , BBC Two , ITV , Channel 4 , Five , Dave , Really , Yesterday , Drama , Home , BBC Four , Quest , Quest Red , ITV 2 , ITV 3 , More4 , ITV 4 , ITVBe , 5STAR , Spike , Food Network , Travel Channel , 4Seven , CNN International Europe , QVC , BET:BlackEntTV , Lifetime HD , TLC , Universal TV , Syfy , E! , W , GOLD , Alibi , Comedy Central , MTV , Comedy Central Extra , Movies24 , History HD , Discovery , Investigation Discovery , Discovery Turbo , Animal Planet , H2 , Crime + Investigation HD , Vice , Good Food , Eden , National Geographic , Nat Geo Wild , Eurosport 1 , Eurosport 2 , BoxNation , FreeSports , Ginx , ITV Box Office , World Poker Tour , FailArmy , Pet Collective , CBeebies , CBBC , CITV , Nickelodeon , Nick Jr , Nick Jr Too , Cartoon Network , Boomerang , Cartoonito , BabyTV , Colors , Rishtey , News 18 India , Aaj Tak , Heart , Capital TV , Clubland , NOW 90s , Massive R&B , NOW 80s , Dave Ja Vu , Yesterday +1 , Food Network +1 , Travel Channel +1 , BBC Red Button , Law and Crime , Fashion TV , S4C , BBC Alba , Together , Notts TV , BBC News , Cheddar , France 24 , NHK World , Euronews , Newsy , Fascination TV , TRT World , BBC Parliament , Al Jazeera , Russia Today , Globo (Brazillian TV)

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