Now in public beta, See Saw is an ad-supported TV-on-demand service that shows great potential.

Now in public beta, See Saw is an ad-supported TV-on-demand service, which means the viewer needs to sit through a few commercials. That may or may not be an intrusion, depending on your current viewing habits.

See Saw, which comes out of the ashes of Project Kangaroo, mixes recent shows, broadcast up to 30 days ago, with what the service calls much-loved classics. The site is easily navigated, with the ability to browse by broadcaster and channel categories, including comedy, drama, factual, lifestyle, entertainment and sport. Currently only the sports section is a disappointing selection, a rag bag of past Olympics and World Cup qualifier highlights. Each selection includes information on the programme you are about to watch, including viewing length, adult content alert, and where possible when it was first broadcast.

The lag between a programme being shown on TV and on See Saw is often impressive, offering programmes shown only hours earlier in some cases. The ability to watch a whole series or season in one sitting or over several days is a big plus, potentially saving on DVD purchases or iTunes rentals.

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Watching See Saw requires viewers be in the UK and have a stable broadband connection with a minimum speed of 1 megabit per second (Mbps) for a consistent viewing experience. Playback also appears to be dependent on what time of day you watch, with peak internet times not ideal for extended viewing.

See Saw offers three different viewing options to suit your internet connection speed - High, Medium or Low. If your internet connection falls below the required speed, you'll see a message in the Player window to switch to a lower bandwidth option to continue watching the TV show of choice.

See Saw Beta: Specs

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7. Browser: Safari 4, Internet Explorer 7 or above, Firefox 3.5. Adobe Flash Player 10. Internet connection with a minimum speed of 1 Mbps.
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7. Browser: Safari 4, Internet Explorer 7 or above, Firefox 3.5. Adobe Flash Player 10. Internet connection with a minimum speed of 1 Mbps.

OUR VERDICT

While still in beta, See Saw shows great potential for becoming a one-stop shop, with the exception for now of ITV, for catching up with content from the five main channels. The selection is impressive, with new content added daily and plenty in the archives to keep you entertained.

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