TV on Demand

The way people watch television today has changed drastically in the last few years. With catch-up TV, or TV on demand, watching TV comes on your own terms, at a time that suits you.

Catch-up TV: This is a free service offered by major channels on their website that allows you to catch up on TV that you missed for a certain period of time, usually 30 days. Services like 4od (Channel 4) or iplayer (BBC) work by streaming content through your browser. After 30 days, the content that you missed will be removed.

TV on demand: This is a collection of films or programmes that you can access free of charge, or for a small subscription fee, any time of day, whenever is convenient for you. It is usual that you need to sign up or register for a TV on demand service. These services can come as part of your Internet Service Provider (ISP) package, or you can buy them as an app (Neflix) or as a box that you connect to your TV (Youview). 

Find out more about the parental control settings available on some popular TV on Demand services:

Catch up TV

TV on demand

It's worth asking your child about how they watch TV and films on their devices. If they're using a particular app or online service, why not check if there are any parental control settings you can make use of.

For more information, see Childnet's guide to Music, Film, TV and the Internet.