So, what is the alternative if you find yourself in this position or if you are in a building that doesn’t allow you to change cable operators or fix a satellite dish outside your window? Well, the answer is IPTV. There are now literally hundreds of channels available for free on the Internet. As long as you have fast and reliable Internet you should be able to stream these channels live on your computer. I’ve told you before about ThaiExpatTV that streams British TV into your living room for a monthly subscription. Now comes 365SportTV with five dedicated sports channels.
What makes these two services better than other IPTV products is that the servers are here in Thailand. This cuts down on the problem of buffering that you might otherwise see. In addition the quality of the picture is much better. However, what makes this service more worthwhile is that all programs will be on demand. This means that you can watch one match live and then another one, that was on at the same time, straight afterwards or even the next day. Like ThaiExpatTV you will be able to watch 365SportTV on your computer, either a Mac or PC, on your smartphone or on an Android box. I watch ThaiExpatTV on my big screen by using my iPhone together with an Apple TV. You will be able to do the same with 365SportTV.
The 365SportTV service starts this week and so I cannot give you a full review yet. However, the reason that I am writing about it now is that if you register your interest on the 365SportTV website today you will get these channels for FREE until 27th August 2013. After that date monthly subscription will be 600 Baht. This obviously means you will get to watch the opening matches of the season for free. That way you can decide if you want to continue or not. At the moment I don’t know exactly which matches will be shown. That announcement will come soon. In the meantime, here is what is available this weekend:
EPL SCHEDULE SATURDAY 24th AUGUST
365 Sport Channel 3: 18:10-20:10 – Bolton Vs QPR (LIVE)
365 Sport Channel 2: 18:45-20:45 – Fulham Vs Arsenal (LIVE)
365 Sport Channel 3: 20:55-23:00 – Stoke City Vs Crystal Palace (LIVE)
365 Sport Channel 4: 20:55-23:00 – Newcastle Vs West Ham (LIVE)
365 Sport Channel 1: 21:00- 23:00 – Everton Vs West Brom (LIVE)
365 Sport Channel 2: 21:00-23:00 – Southampton Vs Sunderland (LIVE)
365 Sport Channel 2: 23:30 – 01:30 – Aston Villa Vs Liverpool
EPL SCHEDULE SUNDAY 25th AUGUST
365 Sport Channel 1: 21:55-23:55 – Tottenham Vs Swansea
365 Sport Channel 2: 22:00-00:00 – Cardiff City Vs Manchester City
EPL SCHEDULE TUESDAY 27th AUGUST
365 Sport Channel 2: 02:00-04:00 – Manchester United Vs Chelsea
Let me know in the comments what you think about this or other alternatives you have for watching these matches. Soon I will do a review of other IPTV services that you can use to watch literally hundreds of channels here in Thailand.
UPDATE: Wednesday 14th August – I have just received an email to download the player for Windows and Mac. A link for smart devices will come later. At the moment there is only one channel, 365 Sport TV 2. You get to choose from any of the programs from today. Presumably tomorrow you will get to choose from two days worth of TV and then so on. Eventually they are promising 7 days on demand. As you can see on this screenshot, the channel is Astro Supersport. A visitor to my blog was able to work out where each of their five channels come from:
Channel 1 = Fox Sports (Ch.812 on Astro)
Channel 2 = Astro Supersport (Ch.810)
Channel 3 = Astro Supersport 2 (Ch.811)
Channel 4 = Astro Supersport 3 (Ch.812)
Channel 5 = Star Sports (Ch.813)
It is not confirmed yet, but presumably you won’t be able to watch ALL the matches. Probably just the main ones. The email today also promised that more channels will come online over the weekend to cover the EPL matches as mentioned above.
UPDATE: Saturday 24th August – There are now 5 channels with HD quality. Subscription is 600B monthly with 300B set-up. Cheapest is 6,000B yearly & no set-up. Works only with Thai IP address. Free until midnight on Tuesday.