ITV player streams onto Android
ITV player is now available on Android, giving gadget-bound tellyheads unlimited access to the past seven days of content from all four of the network's channels.
Catch up on all your favourite tosh from Corrie to the ironically named Britain's Got Talent.
In order to use the app, a phone must be running Android 2.2 or higher, Adobe Air 2.6 upwards and be connected to Wi-Fi. Users must also be in the UK, although certain regions may still be restricted to ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4.
Download the ITV Player app for free over at the Android Market. ®
As there is bugger all on ITV worth watching unless you have a pre-frontal lobotomy.
Using ITV Player whilst retaining some privacy
I have the root app "LBE Privacy Guard" installed on my Android phone. After I installed the ITV Player app, LBE Privacy told me that the ITV app wanted access to the following three things:
There's no need for the app to know the IMEI of my phone (a unique identifier), so I told it to block requests for that info. I also told LBE Privacy Guard to prompt me if the app tried to access my location. I allowed the app network access as obviously it needs it to work.
When I started up the app, it immediately tried to obtain my location so I rejected that request, and it continued to work anyway. It then requested my email address and post code, with the following explanations:
"To use this service, please enter your email address. By doing so, you agree to receive news and offers from ITV. We also need your postcode so that we can provide you with the right content for your region. Postcodes are not stored."
I entered a fake email address. There is no email confirmation of any sort. I wanted the correct content for my region so I just entered the postcode for my local council headquarters.
"and be connected to Wi-Fi"
The self imposed restriction of the media is very bad form. It is totally without merit and beyond scope. If the telecoms companies do not like users accessing media THEY should block it.
It's just like Cinemas turning away customers who come in brown shoes. its stupid! you should not turn customers away however they come. Now if the network has a problem THEY should sort it out.
Why do media companies do this? is it because of the backhanders the telecoms companies sling over so they can continue to sell "Unlimited" packages??
Doesn't want to install to my Asus Transformer, despite them saying it works on tablets
Only two things of note
Harry Hill's TV Burp over the autumn, and currently Penn and Teller.