It might seem that on-demand TV services and catch-up TV offer a similar product, but ultimately the two are different in a couple of subtle but meaningful ways.
On-demand TV is something that can be accessed through a few major digital TV providers’ various packages and also online in the form of software driven internet received content.
On-demand TV, put simply, is a collection of programmes and films that you can either watch for free or purchase for a small fee at any time of the day or night that is convenient for you. It is essentially a convenient replacement for video rental, and each different digital TV company will offer different programmes, such as Virgin Media‘s Movie Bank or BT’s Vision package.
Catch-up TV is a service offered by many of the major channels on their websites, giving you access to most of the shows aired over the last 30 days – which again you can watch at any time on your PC or web-enabled device. This is primarily a browser-based streaming facility, like b or ITV’s Catch Up page, and as such the quality is equivalent to most internet streaming resources and slightly worse than on-demand.
However, most catch up TV services put programmes only a click away. While on-demand TV, even when received via an internet connection, will require some kind of registration, log in or monthly contract before any of the content is accessible.