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Gamer-friendly telly

Once upon a time, you could two things with a games console: play games, and scream at it when you couldn’t get past that one difficult level. Today, there’s hardly anything you can’t do. You can browse the net, talk to your friends, store files… and watch a bit of telly, thanks to on demand streaming services and HDMI ports. Let’s see what you can watch.

Want to know how the different streaming services compare? Take a look at our guide.

TV on Xbox One

All Xbox models come with Microsoft Movies and TV - formerly known as Xbox Video. This is where you can rent or buy films and TV shows, including some of the latest blockbusters before the DVDs even hit the shelves. Since the files you purchase will be stored in the Microsoft Cloud, you can access them from any device, like a tablet or Windows Phone.

For everything else, there are plenty of video streaming apps. There’s catch-up from BBC iPlayer, All 4, and Demand 5; and you can sign into your Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and NOW TV accounts to watch films and shows through those. You’ll also find the likes of YouTube, Vevo, and Eurosport, as well as lots of music apps.

And if you’re a Sky TV ( customer, you can upgrade your free Sky Go account to Sky Go Extra, to watch your favourite shows either on demand or live.

The Xbox One has another trick up its sleeve. If you have a set top box with a HDMI output - which most of them do - you can watch and control your TV through the Xbox itself. That means there’s no need to fiddle about with the inputs on your telly. Simply use the controller to switch to the box’s app, and presto, you can watch TV.

Compatible boxes include Sky+ HD, Virgin Media TiVo, V HD, most Freeview boxes, and YouView - the one you get with a TalkTalk TV ( or BT TV ( package.

TV on Xbox 360

Unfortunately, you can’t hook your TV set top box up to an Xbox 360, but there are plenty of apps to cover your TV needs. Again there’s Microsoft Movies and TV; catch-up from iPlayer, All 4, Demand 5, and STV Player; or you can log in to Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, NOW TV, and Blinkbox. For some factual TV you’ve also got Animal Planet Live, or for sport there’s Eurosport and Red Bull TV. You’ll also get lots of music from Xbox Music, Spotify, 8tracks, and more.

And of course, you can sign in to Sky Go if you’ve got Sky Go Extra, to watch dozens of live channels and episodes of your favourite shows on demand.

TV on PS4 and PS3

While you can’t connect your set top box to a PlayStation, you’ll still get plenty of apps. PlayStation Video is Sony’s store for on demand films and TV - which includes cloud storage, so you can access your vids from any device, such as a Sony Xperia phone.

Besides that, there’s Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, NOW TV, iPlayer, All 4, YouTube, and loads more.

And as with an Xbox, you can log in to your Sky Go account, if you’re a Sky TV customer with Sky Go Extra. Both on demand TV and live channels will be ready to stream.

TV on Wii U

On a Wii U, you can watch TV shows and films through the Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, iPlayer, Crunchyroll, and YouTube apps. But there’s also an internet browser - meaning you can access any other streaming site, including Sky Go and Virgin TV Anywhere if you’re a Sky or Virgin Media TV customer.


  1. How do I switch to a new TV service?
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  2. How do I get sports channels?

    There are multiple sports channels in the UK, with the biggest being Sky Sports and BT Sport.

    Sky Sports is available at an extra monthly cost on Sky TV, BT TV, TalkTalk TV, Virgin Media TV, and Now TV. Read our guide for more info.

    BT Sport, which also includes ESPN, is available on BT TV, and for an extra monthly cost on Sky TV and Virgin Media TV. Read our guide for more info.

  3. How do I get movie channels?

    Sky often has the first TV broadcast rights for big movies, so if you want to see the latest blockbusters first, you’ll need Sky Cinema - which you can get through Sky, Virgin Media, BT, and TalkTalk TV packages for an additional monthly charge.

    Most TV providers also offer new home entertainment releases to view on a pay-per-view basis. Bear in mind, you may need a broadband connection to access some of these services. See our guide for more info.

  4. Can I save money by bundling TV, phone and broadband?
    Yes you can. Providers like Sky and Virgin Media offer competitively priced bundles, comprising broadband, home phone and TV, and getting all three services from the same place often leads to significant savings. It also makes it easier to manage finances, as all services come on a single bill.
  5. Do I need fibre optic broadband?

    Fibre optic broadband is much faster and much more reliable than broadband through the phone line, but it’s not essential for everyone. If you just want to browse the web, check email, Facebook, Twitter etc, you’ll be fine with standard broadband through the phone line.

    However, if you stream a lot of video, download music, films and games, and other such activities, you will likely find a fibre connection hugely beneficial.

    It’s also a boon for large households, especially ones with lots of gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and computers connected up most of the time. The more people using a connection, the slower it will be, so if you have a big family where lots of people want to connect to the web at the same time, for example, a fibre connection will ensure everyone can get a good experience.