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Zattoo What’s New [Internet TV]

23 Dic/09

We reviewed the TV over Internet service Zattoo back in 2007 when it first became in selected countries like Germany or Switzerland and then again when it became available in the United Kingdom. Zattoo offers official TV over Internet unlike other clients like most Chinese TV over Internet programs. The official nature of Zattoo restricts its reach on the other hand which becomes obvious when looking at the list of supported countries. Not a lot has changed since 2008 in this regard as only six countries are currently supported by Zatto (Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK).

A lot has changed on the other hand when it comes to the client and quality of service. One change is that Zattoo is now offering a basic and high quality streaming mode. The resolution in the basic mode is 352×288 (wide screen: 480×288) with a downstream rate of 500 Kbits / second. The high quality mode streams in a resolution of 576×528 and a downstream rate of 1.2 Mbits / second. The high quality content is only available after subscribing to Zattoo which costs €2 per month or €20 per year. Not all TV channels are available in high quality on the other hand.

One of the most important changes is the web player which can be used by Zattoo users to view TV in a web browser. The interface on the web looks similar to that offered in the software client.

Another change is the tv guide that displays all available channels in a timeline view that makes it very easy to find out all shows that are currently airing. Tags and an option to change some filters make the tv guide very comfortable.

A technical preview of Zattoo 4 has just been released and provides an outlook of things to come. There seem to be some problems related to that preview version. Users who experience those should switch to the public release client instead. The desktop client is available for Windows, Linux and Apple Macintosh computer systems.

The service does not offer access to all TV stations, several stations (at least in Germany) were missing. Zattoo is offering an interesting service, especially the Internet TV over the website is a great addition to their service allowing users who cannot (or do not) want to install the software client to view TV over the web.

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