Viewing of broadcast television in the UK requires a TV license, as described on the TV licensing web site: "You need a TV Licence to use any television receiving equipment such as a TV set, digital box, DVD or video recorder, PC, laptop or mobile phone to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV. " This requirement extends to students wanting to view television in their rooms in College. Further information is available from:
Analogue and digital terrestrial television signals can be received in College but reception may vary between rooms. Rooms in the more recently constructed parts of the College may have an aerial socket for connecting an analogue TV or Digital Freeview
The Darwin College Network is currently configured for access to two separate IPTV services which can be used to view live TV in a manner which does not cause bandwidth or charging issues (Note that any other IPTV services may be prohibited under the terms and conditions of your connection, especially if they use p2p technology which causes excess traffic costs to the College). The two services are:
This is a 3rd party service delivered by Inuk Networks offering a range of UK digital channels normally available on terrestrial Freeview plus a handful of foreign language channels. To use the service you must download the free Freewire client (Windows/Mac versions available) and complete a simple registration process where selecting Darwin College from the list of institutions will enable you to receive the free 25 Channel package. For more information on this service please consult the Freewire FAQ
The University's Language Centre provides live satellite television in 11 languages accessible over the University and College data networks using a technique called multicasting which, unlike Internet streaming, makes it possible to offer a high-quality service with low impact on the network at little cost. The channels are selected by the Language Centre to assist learning, and the College has no influence on which channels are made available.
To tune in to these channels, you need a reasonably recent computer hooked up to the College network and the free multi-platform VideoLan Client (VLC) http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ (Windows/MacOS X/Linux etc. versions available).
To get a channel list: Windows
In the View menu choose Playlist
After launching VLC, turn on the SAP Announcements from the Services Discovery menu.
To select a channel manually:
The transmitted signals are interlaced, and on computer screens the video quality can usually be improved by selecting one of the de-interlace options in the Video menu in VLC.