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Watch Over the Air TV on your iPad or iPhone with FilmOn

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This may not last long as I’m sure the networks and Apple aren’t too happy about it. In fact, the legal beagles are already at work to make this stop. That said, if you want to watch some live TV on your iPad or iPhone you can do so courtesy of FilmOn.com as of this moment. Go to that website in Safari on your iOS device and pull up the site. You can then have your pick of the major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) being broadcast out of Los Angeles in addition to some other channels like the BBC. Be warned there are even some porn channels available. You make a selection and within a few seconds you’re watching the over the air broadcast on your device.

I tried this out last night using a MiFi card and so I can’t attest to the stream completely. I had some stutters and stops, but that might have been because of the pipe I was using. I don’t know how this works on WiFi. Notice also that there is a big “swipe for full screen” instruction on the screen. Actually you do a pinch out gesture to get to full screen, not a swipe.

You can also do this on your laptop or desktop but it requires a download to work there. I’m guessing the FilmOn folks want to eventually create a service they can charge for, but then again the networks will have a say in that.

There’s another service similar to FlimOn called ivi.tv and it is using broadcast feeds out of Seattle. It is a paid service at $4.99 a month.

Via All Things Digital

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

6 Comments

  1. sallylikestv

    11/06/2010 at 5:08 pm

    What FilmOn is doing is illegal. They are not currently charging, for one, and there are countless other errors they have made along the way, things that are apparently OK in the UK, but not in the US. ivi, on the other hand, pays the broadcasters; they are actively applying for a legitimate app from Apple and are working on an Android app; and they have made every decision along the way to preserve copyright for the broadcasters, and follow the law with how they present content. Not to mention, ivi doesn’t offer porn…that’s kind of an integrity killer, isn’t it?? Plus, ivi doesn’t stop and start–the quality is better because you get continuous LIVE streams, not YouTube-esque jittery crap.

  2. Tim Hutchinson

    11/07/2010 at 3:09 am

    I should note FilmOn has been around for several years. I used their desktop software for awhile when it was free.

  3. Tim Hutchinson

    11/07/2010 at 3:09 am

    I should note FilmOn has been around for several years. I used their desktop software for awhile when it was free.

  4. Tim Hutchinson

    11/07/2010 at 3:09 am

    I should note FilmOn has been around for several years. I used their desktop software for awhile when it was free.

  5. Battlecam Lily

    11/08/2010 at 2:00 pm

    iPad News: FilmOn Chairman Speaks Out on Streaming TV for iPad – iPad.net http://bit.ly/d9v9mP

  6. Bill Hower

    08/29/2011 at 11:46 pm

    Uhhhhh, Over the air means exactly that…..Over the air. What you are talking about here is over the internet. Why can’t people see the difference?

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