For those British expats in Thailand who want to continue with their daily dosage of Coronation Street and Eastenders, there is a way for you watch all of the English channels here in Thailand. There is a company called Expat TV who provide a service of streaming 11 British channels to your TV via the Internet. I tried their free trial offer earlier in the year but wasn’t 100% convinced. For this one you had to pay a monthly subscription so that you could watch on your computer. If you wanted to watch on your big TV then you needed to buy a box as well. I don’t like watching on the computer so I didn’t do anything when my trial ended. But then, the other day I received another email about a new 5 day free trial. This time for a web player for Mac, iOs and Android devices. It sounded interesting so I signed up. Nothing to lose as it was free.
For this trial I used my iPad. As I have an Apple TV as well, I was able to send every channel to my big screen TV with little effort. On the first screen you see a button for each of the channels. I noticed that there was a new one for kids called CBBC which wasn’t on the earlier trial. Just click any of the buttons and after a short buffering time, you start to see almost live TV from the UK. The quality of the picture was great, even on the big screen. I hardly had any drop outs, but of course that depends on how good your Internet connection is. But, this wasn’t enough alone to convince me to sign up for a subscription. The clincher for me was a new feature for the web player package. If you click on TV Guide and then choose a channel, you then get a programme list like the above. This is basically the past 24 hours. As the UK is in a different time zone, this allows you to timeshift and watch whatever you like within a 24 hour period.
The price for this service is 600 Baht per month or 500B if you pay for a year in advance. You also need a good internet package that can handle a speed of at least 3MB. Of course, there is no guarantee that your Internet will be good enough. So, if you are interested in testing it out, then contact Expat TV and ask them for a free 5 day trial of the web player package. I am certainly tempted this time. I dropped satellite TV a couple of years ago and so at the moment I don’t pay for any monthly subscriptions. It might actually be nice to have British TV back. However, the question is, what is there to watch? I haven’t seen Eastenders in more than 20 years. Is it worth 500 Baht? It’s certainly less than any package by True Visions. Also less than the BBC License Fee. I will let you know if I decide to go ahead. If you already subscribe to Expat TV then let me know your experience in the comments below.