The traditional way of watching television has always been live, at the same time as everyone else. Programs usually start on the hour or half hour to make it easier to remember. But, if you are like me, you sometimes come back home late or get distracted with something else and miss the start of your favourite programme. Then came catch-up TV that allowed you to watch what you want, when you want. This is where ThaiExpatTV comes in. They have a service which allows you to watch UK TV on the Internet. You can watch “live” but the best thing is that it has seven days on demand. This means you can watch last night’s prime time TV at a time convenient to you. I particularly like it for watching the news channels. It doesn’t matter if it is already 10:06 pm or 11:17 pm, I can timeshift in order to watch from the top of the hour so I can get all the headlines.
There are now two different packages that you can subscribe to with ThaiExpatTV. The Standard UK Package has 19 free to air channels while the Premium UK Package has 32 free channels from the UK.
Standard UK Package
BBC1 HD – National flagship channel from the BBC, offering unrivaled entertainment & drama.
BBC2 HD – National alternative entertainment and informative channel.
BBC3 HD – Ground breaking comedy and alternative entertainment.
BBC4 – Quality BBC entertainment.
CBBC – Britians leading childrens TV channel from the BBC.
Cbeebies – Wide range of high quality, distinctive content for 6-12 year olds.
ITV1 HD – The flagship channel from the ITV network, offering premium quality entertainment & drama
ITV2 – The alternative entertainment & drama channel from the ITV network
ITV4 – ITV’s digital channel specialising in premium sports, classic UK dramas and cult films.
CH4 – Cutting edge comedy, drama & documentaries, from the UK’s favorite independent channel.
Film 4 – Find the very best independent and cult movies on CH4’s premium movie channel
More 4 – Intelligent documentary, new comedy, challenging drama, and quality art and lifestyle shows.
E4 – Intelligent documentary, new comedy, challenging drama, and quality art and lifestyle shows.
Channel 5 – A general entertainment channel, with internally commissioned shows alongside numerous international programmes, plus sport.
Sky News – Latest news updates
BBC World News – Latest news updates
Australia Network –
NHK World –
Premium UK Package – Includes all Standard UK Package plus:
CiTV – Premium children’s TV offering by ITV
5 USA – Showcasing the best of USA TV picks
5 Star – Gives a harder edge to documentaries, drama series & soaps
Pick – Mix of general entertainment, quality drama, documentaries, lifestyle and factual entertainment
Travel Channel – The World’s leading travel-themed entertainment channel
Food Network – High energy lifestyle channel centered around irresistible cookery ideas and entertainment
CBS Reality – Be captivated, shocked and entertained by this award winning real life channel which features compelling documentaries and hard-hitting real life dramas
CBS Action (From Aug 2014) – is the home of action-packed tense thrillers, sci-fi favourites and fast paced movies.
Horror Channel (From Aug 2014) – Horror Channel is the UK’s first channel dedicated to the dark side of cinema and television. With an eclectic mix of ground-breaking and genre-defining content including horror films, documentaries,
Al Jazeera – English language international news that takes you to the heart of the story promoting debate and challenging perceptions on all the big topics
BBC News UK – Continuous UK news, breaking stories as they happen
CNBC – Premium American based business news channel with elements of entertainment
Bloomberg – 24-hour business & financial live television network. Get charts, breaking news and stock quotes in real time with Bloomberg
The monthly price for the Standard UK Package is 600 Baht monthly (or 6,000 Baht annually) and for the Premium UK Package is 900 baht monthly (or 8,400 Baht annually). Until 31 August 2014, there is a special offer for people to get the Premium package for three months for only 1,999 Baht. If you are an existing subscriber, if you upgrade you will get the additional channels for the outstanding months you have left AND the additional three months. For example, if you still have four months left on your package, you will get a total of seven months if you buy this three month upgrade.
To buy any of these packages, visit ThaiExpatTV and click on “Buy Now”. To get the three month upgrade, click on Premium package and choose the 2,580 Baht quarterly option. Click on “checkout” and then in the Promotional Code box enter “PREMIUM”. The total is then reduced to 1,999 Baht. You can also buy the Android box and get three months premium content for 6,499 Baht (enter the promo code ANDROID3) or the Android box with twelve months premium content for 9,999 Baht (enter the promo code ANDROID12). On the website, you can click on the link for the free trial. That way you can test to see if your Internet is fast enough. I find with at least 3MB you can watch without any buffering.
I’ve been using this service for several years now and I watch literally every day. As I can also watch on my iPad and iPhone it is good to watch while out and about. The Android box is also small enough for you to take on holiday. If you have fast WiFi in your room you can watch all of these channels with seven days on demand instead of what your hotel has to offer. It also doesn’t matter if you go abroad. You can use ThaiExpatTV in Asia – Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, and Kuala Lumpur. Also available in Australia, New Zealand and the UAE.
Visit ThaiExpatTV for more information.