SeeSaw streaming services unites TV channelsStream thousands of hours of TV content for free

17 February 2010


A new online TV streaming service brings together over 3,000 hours worth of programmes from the BBC and Channels 4 and Five.

Dubbed SeeSaw, the service brings together shows from all three channels including The Apprentice, Shameless and Neighbours and unites presenters such as Jeremy Clarkson, Trisha Goddard and Gordon Ramsay for the first time.

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Unlike services such as BBC's iPlayer, or Channel 4’s 4oD, SeeSaw has partnerships with the BBC Worldwide, Channel 4 and Channel 5 as well as independent TV companies who produce programmes for ITV.

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View classic TV shows from the past decade with SeeSaw

SeeSaw mostly hosts archive TV from the past decade. For example, viewers can watch comedy series such as The League of Gentlemen, Trigger Happy TV and Little Britain as well as older programmes such as The Young Ones and classic episodes of Doctor Who.

SeeSaw's controller John Keeling said: ‘It's like having an enormous buffet... you can either just snack on it and catch up on what you've missed or gorge yourself with an entire season.’

Breakthrough year for TV on demand

Keeling believes that this year will see the breakthrough in TV on demand. ‘One of the fastest selling electronic goods is an HDMI cable which connects a laptop to the back of the TV and bingo, you're online and your TV has become an enormous monitor for your laptop,’ he said.

The service is currently free, funded by adverts before and during the programme. However, in the future SeeSaw is planning to introduce a pay model for high-profile American dramas and other premium content.

SeeSaw was born after a similar venture by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, under the working title Project Kangaroo, was blocked by the Competition Commission.

SeeSaw's parent company Arqiva paid £8 million last July for Kangaroo's assets.

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