Most terrestrial channels from the UK and the rest of the world are available for free on the Internet. The trick is to find them. And when you do, they don’t always last that long. To make it easier and more reliable, some people put together a package of TV channels and sell it as a subscription. I already told you about ThaiExpatTV. I have been watching this one daily for over a year now with little cause for complaint. The advantage of this service compared to live streaming is that they give you 7 days on demand which is great for us people in different time zones.
There is another service in Thailand that also does this. It is called UK-TV. I haven’t mentioned it before as their website doesn’t look like it has been updated for a while. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to pay money to some cowboys who might not be around for much longer. On their website they advertise 13 UK channels for 490 Baht per month. You need to download a program first. This usually has three or four channels that you can test out for free. But, for some reason, since last night, they have all channels for free.
I’m not sure how long that will last but it is worth checking out now. Unlike ThaiExpatTV, you can record programmes with a timer and also download and save as MPEG. They have CBEEBIES and so expat families might want to quickly download some of the cartoons for their kids. As you can see above, the channel list is on the right. Click these and you get live streaming. For the 7-day guide click on “program info”.
Let me know in the comments if you have already subscribed to this service. Or if you have any tips on watching TV for free in Thailand.
UPDATE 26 September 2013: The number of free channels has now been reduced to only nine.