When it comes to choice on television, for many these days, the Sky’s the limit. But even with over 3000000000000 channels to stare slack-jawed at courtesy of that nice Mr Murdoch, I still find myself eventually and inevitably arriving at the capitulating conclusion that there is absolutely nothing of any eye-merit on.
At times the tiresome predictability of the mainstream channels has forced me further afield, even trying out some of those limbo-low-budget religious programmes just to escape the endless ‘reality’ shows strew across the schedules like television planner Tourettes, and once I even strayed into the murky waters of Welsh language broadcasting; I’ve recovered now, but it did make me think…
With an ever growing, UKIP-bothering, immigrant population in the UK, what can these expats watch over here that’s in their own language? Not very much is the answer; which is why the announcement of this new app on Android caught my attention: Vision247.
A broadcast specialist, the free app opens up the Vision TV Network on smartphones and tablets, allowing viewers access to a mix of 34 free-to-view and subscription TV channels covering Polish, Greek and French channels.
Automatically adjusting itself to suit each specific smartphone, reduce data demand when on the move and banish beleaguering buffering as best it can, Vision247 delivers premium quality international telly twaddle directly to your device.
Divided into three packages of channels, now foreign types can enjoy TV in their own tongue from:
TeleFrance: four channels of French news and views (a lot of shrugging) including the free-to-view France24.
Hellenic TV: 13 plate-smashing channels of Greek entertainment, drama, culture, news, music, politics and religious programming. The app supports three free-to-watch channels including: ERT World for news, culture and sports; RIK Sat for TV serials; and WNN, which brings together the best in Greek entertainment.
Polska Plus: 17 of the best Polish channels providing a comprehensive mix of entertainment, lifestyle, music, drama, news, documentary and sport. Viewers gain immediate access to three free channels of lifestyle, culture and sport with TV PULS, TV TRWAM and Sports Tonight.
“No matter where they are in the UK, expats can now feel a little bit closer to home with the Vision TV Network app on their smartphone or tablet,” said John Mills, CEO of Vision247. “Vision TV Network replicates the home broadcast experience on your smart device – no frozen screens, no more searching for three minute clips or suffering through poor quality, dated programmes. Just click, sit back and enjoy the latest news as it happens, or keep up with favourite shows, singers and celebrities, all in your own language.”
Downloadable from Google Play, channel package subscriptions are charged at £4.99 per month for TeleFrance, £8.99 per month for Polska Plus and £11 per month for Hellenic TV – a pittance compared to the price of the main digital TV providers in the UK and all, probably, mercifully free from the plague of tedious televised talent shows that said providers push.
Unfortunately, as my own proficiency in these languages is lamentable, I’m still stuck with my on-screen googolplex of garbage. Back to Britain’s Got Celebrity Idol Voice Brother is it then…