Recently, we have been receiving questions about the TV services around halls. So, here is our guide to using the Uni's FREE TV service!
What is it?
The Freewire TV service provides a number of Freeview channels for students living in University accommodation via the University's JANET Internet connection.
This service works over a wired network connection, so is available in all accommodation. The service is free, unless you subscribe to the pay channels. Don’t forget you’ll need a TV license to use this service legally.
The company that provides the content (Studentcom) also provides client software, but it does not currently appear to work here.
However, there is an alternative! Just follow these simple steps:
- Download a copy of VLC
You can obtain versions of VLC for Windows, Mac & Linux online.
- Get a copy of the channel list
You can get this online too - save it somewhere on your PC. It contains the names of all the available channels, and the information VLC needs to connect to them.
- Configure your firewall
If you installed F-Secure Client Security from the University download, the rules will allow Freewire TV to operate.
If you are using a firewall on a Mac, or your firewall is not on this list, please consult the documentation that was supplied with it. Most firewalls allow you to permanently authorise a new application.If you're using Windows Firewall, then when you launch VLC, Windows will ask you whether to block or unblock it. If so, choose unblock.
- Open the channel list using VLC
Just double-click on the file that you saved in step 2 (freewire_tv.m3u). This will open VLC and show the list of available channels. After a few seconds, it will start showing the first in the list (BBC1):
To make the picture full-screen, select Fullscreen from the Video menu. To display the channel list, select Playlist from the View menu:
The current channel will be selected. Double-click any other channel to change. It takes a few seconds to change channels, so don't expect it to be immediate.
- Sit back, relax & enjoy!