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    A new service allows you to watch network TV on your iPhone or iPad, free... at least for now. FilmOn.com offers live HD television in the US complete with commercials in what the company says is a free month-long trial. They claim that this service is "100% legal, but that didn't stop a lawsuit from a group of broadcasters. So grab it while you can: the site may not be up for long.

    FlimOn was originally launched in the UK last year. The US site went live last month, featuring 30 channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the WB, Ion, and overseas networks such as Scuzz, Dubai Sports, and BBC News. It's run by what the Hollywood Reporter refers to as an "eccentric billionaire" who says the law allows what he is doing and has hired lawyers to defend himself. "Without a doubt, the Copyright Act upholds what FilmOn.com is doing," Alki David says. "There is no difference between the Internet and satellite. There's little difference between having a digital television box (and having television delivered through a computer). It's all just semantics. People need to stop being afraid of opening up doors to digital technology."

    I'm particularly stoked about this service, because I don't have a television set at my house. I can watch TV shows and movies on Hulu or download them from iTunes, but what I can't get is live programming. I'm streaming the San Diego-Houston game on my iPhone while I'm writing this. Looks like I just figured out how to justify buying an iPad...

    Source: Business Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Free, Legal (?) Live TV on your iDevice started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 119 Comments
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Sounds freaking sweet man
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      I hope this can continue, as it would open a lot of doors for consumers, advertisers, and the networks.
    1. jabij1's Avatar
      jabij1 -
      Go Chargers!!!!
    1. ClerkDante's Avatar
      ClerkDante -
      Tried it this morning. It works but it's a bit of a buggy mess. Streams can take minutes to load and not only does the app frequently crash but it regularly reboots the entire device.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Been working ok for me. For some reason I have access to more channels on my iPad than on my iPhone.
    1. dotFIVE's Avatar
      dotFIVE -
      Quote Originally Posted by ClerkDante View Post
      Tried it this morning. It works but it's a bit of a buggy mess. Streams can take minutes to load and not only does the app frequently crash but it regularly reboots the entire device.
      There's an app for this? Or is it just the website? I looked for the app on the App Store but couldn't find it.

      Yikes at the rebooting.. :/

      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
    1. thecrunked's Avatar
      thecrunked -
      Would be great if it didn't reboot my iPad
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      Been working ok for me. For some reason I have access to more channels on my iPad than on my iPhone.
      That's cool has anyone tried on an actual computer? More channels or anything
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Its just a website. The quality is meh
    1. Bren610's Avatar
      Bren610 -
      My ipod touch 2g gets about a dozen channels (including two porn channels lol) but every station I check has the video freeze after about 10-15 seconds (audio continues/buffering issue I guess). Awesome idea, but not worth it... just turn your tv on.

      Beautiful HD on pc though
    1. redcard's Avatar
      redcard -
      Had something similar in the UK for months - TVcatchup.com

      Got dedicated Iphone and Ipad versions, and as far as I can tell the site has been up permanently bar a couple of minor hitches
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      No good channels. Though it runs incredibly well with the 802.11 N or whatever on the iPt4
    1. zim_from_IPH's Avatar
      zim_from_IPH -
      Downloading on to my macbook now I'll let you know how it goes. My guess is that iPads have better wifi than iPhones
    1. alectra82's Avatar
      alectra82 -
      Yes, porn on the go!
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by alectra82 View Post
      Yes, porn on the go!
      Epic!
    1. Bren610's Avatar
      Bren610 -
      This is going to get shut down fast especially because of the porn channels. It simply gives you a tiny yes/no pop-up asking if you are over 18...
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      man porn on the go is old news havent u been to any sites recently.? 100% mobile compatible now. LOL
    1. gt5l's Avatar
      gt5l -
      I did not know that modmyi promoted porn. I checked the link and made a short cut to my home screen. Something told me that I should look a the channels listed as my kids play with my iphone all the time. And yes, two porn channels , deleted the shortcut. For those in the same situation as mine, beware.
    1. Bren610's Avatar
      Bren610 -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      man porn on the go is old news havent u been to any sites recently.? 100% mobile compatible now. LOL
      Skyfire...
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bren610 View Post
      This is going to get shut down fast especially because of the porn channels. It simply gives you a tiny yes/no pop-up asking if you are over 18...
      Oh so you actually watched it. Nice.