In the UK, Demand 5 hits Windows Phone 8

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One by one, every TV catch-up service is reaching Windows Phone 8 - now it's the turn of Demand 5, shown below, providing a seven day catch-up service for selected programmes, plus some homegrown 'archive' material. It's a free download, of course, but expect the usual commercials.

From the description in the Windows Phone Store:

  • Catch up on programmes from Channel 5, 5* and 5USA in this Demand 5 app for Windows Phone 8. 
  • This app provides a free 7-day catch up service for a wide selection of Channel 5, 5* and 5USA shows (some shows are available for longer) plus a selection of classic archive programmes. 
  • To ensure you are provided with the best viewing experience, this app requires Wi-Fi. 
  • You will need Windows Phone 8 to use this application. 

Here's Demand 5 in action:

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You've got to love the colour scheme - at least on AMOLED screens...(!) (right) Demand 5 opens to a carousel of 'featured' shows.

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For each show, there's timing and availability, plus a synopsis; (right) subtitles are a preference away, for the hard of hearing, perhaps.

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Once underway, there are typically about two minutes of adverts to sit through - hey, it's the cost of entry to the otherwise 'free' commercial content, so don't complain too much.... At least you're kept informed, with a screen tap, on how many more seconds there are until the programme start - so you might have time to get yourself a drink after all....

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My chosen programme starts right on cue... (Gotta love a bit of Eddie Stobart!)

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Video quality is very good, viewing it here on the 768p screen of the Lumia 1020....

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In addition to the 'featured' pane, you can browse by date ('recemt'), or by an alphabetic listing, shown above on the right....

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The final pane in the panorama is 'categories' - 'Milkshake!' is the kids section, in case you were wondering. Within each category is a simple alphabetic programme listing.

It's worth noting that all of this is strictly for those within the UK, and this is enforced according to IP. Plus, not every programme on the channel is available, due to licensing conditions from the programme makers.  There's still an excellent selection though.

You can download Demand 5 here.

With BBC iPlayer, 4oD and now Demand 5 in the Windows Phone Store, it only remains to see ITV bring their programming onto the platform too.

Source / Credit: Windows Phone Store