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8-step guide to watching TV on your PC and mobile

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What better way to relax than to curl up in front of a good TV show? PC Advisor explains how you can get your daily fix on your PC, wherever your travels might take you.

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Virgin TV On Demand

Rather than bringing TV to your PC, Virgin TV On Demand takes internet content to your TV. It's used as an additional TV platform to access the BBC iPlayer, as well as 4oD.

As part of its TV services, which start at £7 a month, users can access iPlayer by simply pressing the Home button on their Virgin remote control (or the red button when tuned to any BBC channel). Then it's just a case of choosing from more than 350 hours of TV that's been broadcast on any of the BBC channels in the past seven days.

So, whether you want to catch up with the latest happenings in 'EastEnders' or simply feel like reliving a "You're fired!" moment from 'The Apprentice', iPlayer has it all.

Virgin users can also access 4oD through the Channel 4 area in the Catch Up TV function, where they can watch Channel 4 programmes from the past seven days. Classic Channel 4 shows can be found in the TV Choice on Demand function.


Mobile-phone operator Orange offers its users the chance to watch TV on their mobile, provided they've got a compatible 3G handset and are signed up to one of its subscription packages.

Choose from a wide range of content: terrestrial channels such as Channel 4 and ITV1, dedicated news channels such as CNN, Sky Sports, the Disney channel and music TV channels Kiss and Smash Hits.

Subscription prices range from £5 to £10 per month and offer 1GB of usage, which the mobile-phone operator claims is roughly 20 hours of continuous viewing.

If you don't fancy committing to a monthly subscription, Orange gives you the chance to try a different channel for free each day before you subscribe to the service.

Compatible phones include the Nokia N95, the Sony Ericsson K800i and W880i, the LG Viewty and the HTC P4550.

If you're a fan of watching television on the go but don't want to drag your laptop around with you, Orange's TV on your mobile is an ideal service for you.

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