Cleverly-named SeeSaw is a new catch-up TV service with content from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five. While much of the content is already available on the respective broadcasters’ own on-demand services, it’s nice to have everything in one place.
The site boasts a slick user interface that’s a pleasure to use, and I found the picture quality to be very good with no buffering problems to speak of.
Clearly the site has to make money somehow, and in SeeSaw’s case it’s through video advertisements embedded into the programmes you watch, something that commercial TV viewers are used to seeing.
SeeSaw have future plans to licence programmes from a wider range of broadcasters, which will enhance the service’s appeal.
Interestingly a TV licence is not required to use on-demand services such as SeeSaw – you are only legally obliged to buy a TV licence if you watch broadcast TV.
I’m not a big fan of the soaps, but I’ve been known to catch the odd episode of Hollyoaks, and I often enjoy the music used on the show.
Channel 4 kindly provide weekly playlists on the official Hollyoaks website, which is handy if you want to hear more of a track featured on the programme.
They could potentially make this more useful (and profitable) by linking to iTunes or Amazon for song previews and purchases, as well as storing more than a few weeks of historical information, but as it is, it’s still a very useful resource.