The increasing prevalence of streaming web TV is a something we find very exciting. While we’re big advocates of ditching pricey cable packages in favor of streaming media, we’re not going to go as far as saying that watching television on your tablet or smartphone screen is preferable to using your television. Still, we appreciate having the option of enjoying television on our mobile devices.
That’s why services like Zattoo are so invaluable: they bring together the appeal of live television and the necessary mobility provided by streaming media apps. But what makes Zattoo so special is its access to over 150 European TV networks. Having free access to live feeds from all of these channels is a wonderful development.
What Is Zattoo?
Zattoo will keep you in touch with live television from plenty of prominent European broadcasters in English (BBC, ITV), French (MTS, M6), Spanish (Canal 24 Horas), Turkish (Euro D), and many other languages whether you’ve downloaded their app for your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Initially created to stream the FIFA 2006 World Cup in Switzerland, Zattoo Live TV has since expanded in terms of purpose and reach. Now, the Switzerland-based Zattoo brings a variety of German, British, French, Spanish and Danish programming to its users across numerous countries in Europe.
TV Shows Available on Zattoo
The amount of programming and features on Zattoo is wholly dependent on licensing agreements in each particular country. Zattoo subscribers in Denmark, Spain, and Switzerland (users accessing an IP address with a Swiss VPN get the most features) can record shows from their favorite channels and watch them whenever using the “Personal Playlist” feature.
German, Spanish, and Swiss VPN users can use the Zattoo Live TV app on their iPads, XBoxes, and Smart TVs. For example, Swiss users can enjoy the “Catch Up TV” feature, which allows them to scroll through the past seven days of programming and watch it on demand.
Missing the German comedy series “Pastewka”? Want to catch up on the Danish/Swedish crime drama “The Bridge?” Having access to Zattoo will allow you to stay on track with all your favorite European TV programs and find out about new ones. Zattoo also provides the chance to stay up to date with a slew of international news networks, including Bloomberg Television, Al Jazeera English, France 24, Sky News, and many more.
Zattoo TV Subscription Options
The Zattoo Live TV app also provides a free service level, where users can record and save up to 20 shows for a maximum of 20 days free of charge. The second level, Zattoo HiQ offers higher picture quality and removes the advertisements from the service. Whether you choose the standard Zattoo or opt for Zattoo HiQ, you’ll be able to stay in touch with your favorite shows, even when you’re on the go.
How Can I Watch Zattoo From Anywhere?
Of course, if you’re outside of the Zattoo areas of Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark, or the UK, your ability to enjoy Zattoo Live TV will be impossible, unless you subscribe to a VPN. Popular choices for connecting to these and other countries in Europe include connecting to Switzerland and France through PrivateInternetAccess, to Spain and Germany with Proxy.sh, to Denmark with CyberGhost, and to the United Kingdom with HideMyAss.
Sure, if you’ve never lived in any of those countries, your interest in live-streaming their television might be limited, but if you’ve moved away from, say, Switzerland to pursue a new job, or if you’re on an extended vacation from Spain, you might find yourself getting homesick and missing the programs you hold dear. If you obtain a Zattoo HiQ or free subscription and watch programs through an IP address with a Swiss VPN or one located in another country with access to Zattoo, you’ll be provided with the chance to unblock the program and watch hundreds of TV channels.
For this and many other reasons, VPNs are a vital component to a proper network. Their primary purpose is to secure your online information and keep it away from prying eyes, hackers, and identity thieves. That alone makes a VPN a worthwhile investment.
But for some people, a VPN is a way to access geographically restricted material. Stuck working from Dubai and eager to watch Zattoo Live TV on your Android or iPad? Just log into your VPN, and all of your online information is processed through secure servers set up around the world. All you have to do is pick a server in your country of origin, and you’ll be able to enjoy Zattoo no matter where you are in the world.
For information on VPN services, consult our Official Supported VPN Provider List to find out which service best suits you.
Using A DD-WRT Router To Improve Zattoo Streaming Service
If you want a device that’s going to arrive completely compatible with your VPN service, then you want a FlashRouter. Don’t subscribe to a VPN only to find yourself struggling through a tricky setups & firmware installation processes that ends up leaving your router bricked. Let our experts get your device ready for your VPN.
Better yet, keep your old router, and use your new FlashRouter in conjunction with it. This is what’s known as our popular Dual Router Set-Up, and it lets you switch between your local connection (for day-to-day usage) and your VPN (for advanced security and accessing geographically restricted material) with ease.
We recommend that you look at our recent best-sellers of 2013 list to get a sense of what router is right for you. Lately, we’ve been all about our Wireless-AC routers which, in terms of top-end WiFi speed and major advances in processing power, cannot be beat. There’s the cream of the crop Netgear R7000 Wireless-AC1900, or the Asus RT-AC66U Wireless-AC1750 Tomato router to consider, and any single one of them will improve your network by leaps and bounds. Of course, if you’re looking for something a little more economical, we have to plenty to offer there too (check out the Cisco Linksys E1200 Tomato, if you want something lightweight, effective, and affordable).