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September 28, 2010

ivi — Live internet TV


I got a press release about this site earlier today, and figured it was so much bogus hot air.

I mean, all I've been reading about for the past few months is how the major networks can't come to agreement with Apple, Hulu and their ilk or if they do, it's only some of them some of the time, blah blah blah.

I sent the link to Cary figuring he might investigate and he got back to me in a Houston minute with the news that he was able to easily download the app and at that very moment was watching network TV live on his Mac.

That's pretty amazing, I thought, so I downloaded the app and darned if it doesn't really work.


Now if only I could figure out where my iPad "Device Code" is located (supposedly you can watch TV on your iPad just like on a computer) but the technospeak on the site is impenetrable.

If I can indeed watch football live on my iPad with this I'll be one very happy camper.


Note added at 4:25 p.m. today: I emailed ivi.tv and asked them where to find my iPad Device Code. They replied that ivi.tv doesn't work with the iPad for now. I responded to the effect that if that is the case, why did they make me jump through hoops that could only end in FAIL by offering an iPad option that requires that elusive Device Code?


Note added at 10:32 a.m. Wednesday, September 29: just now when I used my iPad to see what was what with this app, I was delighted to find that overnight they'd removed the non-functional (and frustrating) iPad option.

That's a big deal.


Because it means that 1) the company is listening to user feedback and 2) acting on it quickly.

This kind of behavior bodes well for the future of this enterprise.

September 28, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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This was actually very helpful. The word I was missing was 'proxy'.
Thank you!

Posted by: Carol | Sep 29, 2010 2:20:33 PM


Here's a link to an article that provides some free (or paid) "proxy" services, which will enable you to connect to a computer in the US, and then to the websites you want to visit, so the websites think you are in the US as well.


This was the first article i came across which seemed to have good info, but if you just google "proxy watch us tv" you'll find many helpful articles. I hope that helps!

Posted by: EEJ | Sep 29, 2010 12:40:39 PM

Again...channels for this are only available in the U.S.
Has anyone found an option for out-of-US English speakers who want to see U.S. TV?

Posted by: Carol | Sep 29, 2010 2:25:45 AM

I think Joe Peach answers a bit of your question about the networks "cooperating". They are charging $5/month for access after the first month, which I would personally only pay for if it would get me around the stupid blackout rules for NFL games.

As it is, I watch them on Justin.tv, which works pretty well most of the time.

Posted by: EEJ | Sep 28, 2010 8:12:39 PM

I really don't respect sites that offer "FREE" or "FREE FOR 30 DAYS" then they want a credit card...

So, I'll wait till someone from the group does a review.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Sep 28, 2010 4:35:59 PM

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