App Store App Streams Premium Live TV For Free, No Jailbreak Or Subscription Required [Update: Pulled]

App Store App Streams Premium Live TV For Free, No Jailbreak Or Subscription Required [Update: Pulled]

National Geographic streaming live on the iPad for free

Update: It appears that the app’s developer has started replacing the channels with ads for “Futubox.” A classic scam. The app did work at one point, but we no longer recommended buying it now.

Update 2: It looks like Apple has yanked it from the App Store.

A $0.99 iOS app has surfaced over the weekend in the App Store called “TV English Premium.” The universal app allows anyone to stream 55 premium TV channels live without paying for a subscription. An iPhone or iPad also does not need to be jailbroken to stream for free. For only $0.99, you can have access to many BBC and premium U.S. TV channels in HD on your iOS device.

During testing we were able to stream multiple TV channels with success over 4G and WiFi on the new iPad. TV English Premium will also work on the iPhone or iPod touch. Many channels streamed perfectly, including National Geographic HD, Sky Movies HD, ESPN HD, History HD and BBC HD. While many of the channels are European-based, you don’t have to be in a certain country to use the app.

The app did crash multiple times while trying to open a live channel, and sometimes a certain channel would fail to buffer or cause the app to crash. While not a perfect solution, there has been no other app in the App Store that offers this type of functionality while bypassing the need for a paid subscription. A Sky TV subscription in Europe costs $170 per month for the channels available in this app or stream certain channels.

With that said, this app is undoubtedly illegal or a violation of terms and conditions. We expect Apple to pull it soon, so grab it while you can. TV English Premium is available in the App Store for only $0.99/69p.

App Store App Streams Premium Live TV For Free, No Jailbreak Or Subscription Required [Update: Pulled]

App Store App Streams Premium Live TV For Free, No Jailbreak Or Subscription Required [Update: Pulled]

App Store App Streams Premium Live TV For Free, No Jailbreak Or Subscription Required [Update: Pulled]

Full list of available channels:

Animal Planet HD, Comedy Central HD, Bio HD, Disney XD HD, ESPN America HD, MGM HD, National Geographic Wild HD, National Geographic HD, Sky Movies Drama Romance HD, Sky Movies Modern Greats HD, Sky Movies Thriller HD, Sky Movies Sci-fi Horror HD, Sky News HD, Sky Sport 1 HD, BBC HD, Eurosport HD, Eurosport2 HD, Cinemax HD, History HD, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, Channel4, Channel4+1, Channel5, Channel5+1, ITV1, ITV1+1, ITV2, ITV2+1, ITV3, ITV3+1, ITV4, ITV4+1, E4, E4+1, More4, More4+1, Film4, Film4+1, 5USA, 5USA+1, 5*, 5*+1, CBBC Channel, CBeebies, CITV, Dave, Pick TV, Challenge, Quest, Yesterday, Really, Showcase TV

[Thanks, Craig!]

  • lukehobster

    How this app got onto the app store is beyond me, i just purchased as this is a dream for me and I get the operation could not be completed error :(

  • suburbanfly

    Every channel on the app just plays an advert for futubox – don’t buy this app!!

  • freeismylife

    I was able to buy it and download it to my iPad, but the US Channels (Disney etc) are not working. I am getting some kind of ad instead of programming.

  • jadorno

    I would buy this app, but the odds of this app’s services coming offline after the app is pulled are high. D:

  • amciver

    I get the futubox adds as well. App just doesn’t show any TV programs. Come on CultofMac, promoting an App that doesn’t work is poor.

  • gremista

    it works for me. apparently the channels which have a show title written in small letters under their names actually work, while the ones without it only show the futubox ad

  • kenci59

    Cult of Mac – this is a big disappointment and not up to your normal high standards of professionalism – this doesn’t work – just get the futubox ads

  • lorojoro

    BBC channels are working for me.

    I’m sure the app is illegal but I’d pay good money for a legit one from the channel providers themselves. Media companies need to fill the gap and offer programming to anyone on-demand for a pay-as-you go fee.

  • schmidtutz

    App istn’t working. How could you recommend such a crap, guys?

  • TXCraig

    Come on folks! Someone screwed up… but it’s nice to see into the future of what can be when the greedy cable companies realize no one needs them anymore….

  • themedlams

    I have been ripped off, someone owes me 69p, or was I just been knaive? Top quality channels etc. The devs a happy guy today. A bit more research required!

  • Chris Wurtinger

    This is the last app/program I buy because of Cult of Mac! I purchased this one today and most of the channels, any of them mentioned above, give me the future box ad. Some do work but those I can already get off air for the most part. this is as bad as the purchase of that horrible program called TuneUp. Cult of Mac said what a wonderful program that was as well, and for me it was a waste of money. It’s more work using that then to just do it manually. Or to use the REALLY good FREE program called Tagr. I wish I had donated my $30 there instead of wasting my money on a Cult Of Mac recommendation! What crap!!! What are you getting kickbacks or something????

  • Matthew Fx

    For me it doesn’t work either… :(

  • Luis Garza

    All the standard def channels work, the HD channels have aparently been pulled or this app was an add for futubox all along.

    Then again…I’m not disapointed…99 cents for watching Top Gear UK live? hell yes, I’ll pay :)

  • jim88beam

    it doesn’t work… I bought it because of YOUR report and almost all the channels are just an ad for FUTOBOX… why would you promote a scam?

  • rtomstudios

    I forgot how bad TV channels are…. it is 2 minutes of movie and 8 minutes of commercials…. the rest of the channles are futurebox ads…. worse app ever!!!!

  • wsharp

    I just downloaded and to my surprise it works…. Mostly. I could watch amazing footage of the Bahrain Grang Prix and others stations. Some stations were off line and some wouldn’t load. Totally worth trying for just $.99

  • BigJacktheMac

    Does not work on any channel.

    And if it did I don’t suppose it would for long…

    Worth the money for the fun of the experiment, but your reporting should be a little more temperate – and better researched.

  • redred

    First class rip off cult of mac should be cult of crap for recommending this rip off

  • zabaki

    Should update it now.

    I’ve been watching stuff all day. Now there are some issues. app is crashing and the channels only provide a streaming of an ad for Sky.

    I was watching perfectly fine till i got bored of the programme i was watching. Something about americans and eating food…

  • keith1974

    Pile of rubbish. I parted with my money and all it does is play an advert for a subscription service. This is one big con. I expect better from the apple selection process.

  • Steven Sabo

    App worked for five minutes. Went to relaunch it after a crash and it starts to load channels. After about 10 seconds it closes out. Interesting thing to do here. Start watching it in landscape. As it say loading channels, rotate the iPad to portrait. Check out the stuff on the top of the screen then.

  • zabaki

    Now it is working again :)

  • voloder

    It worked for me, mostly. I have not gotten any adds, but none of the US channels will load. Only the UK ones. That said, for $.99, pretty good.

  • StormySooner

    Still working for me after watching all afternoon. None of the US Channels work for me, but for .99 cents I think the UK are worth it. Haven’t seen any of the ads yet.

  • howie_isaacks

    Read the reviews. They’re not good.

  • Voski

    Hey Alex,

    Thanks for your horrible advice which resulted in your readers wasting $.99 because of your recommendation.

  • themeanderthal

    Complete con – all you get is a 2 minute advert for a subscription service website. Mailing apple for a refund as content is not as the app states.

  • ipadforever

    I used to trust cult of mac

  • Kutjara

    “Scam” may be a bit strong. I’m able to stream a wide range of UK programming. As a commenter below suggests, launching the app in landscape and then rotating it to portrait while the channels are loading seems to fix the crash-on-start bug. As far as I can see, the app looks like a legit attempt to offer what it claims, albeit in a fairly fragile and dubiously legal way.

  • Phil Atkinson

    Just downloaded this app. None of the sky channels are listed and al of the he channels are listed as testing and do not work. App is nothing like the video above. What a waste of 69p. I want a refund. If you are thinking of getting a refund….there is no website to contact. The developer link in iTunes leads to a page that says coming soon. Thanks COM, that’s the last time I will be taking your advice and anything! Oh and the channels you can watch are not live, they are running 30 mins behind terrestrial tv

  • Phil Atkinson

    Just downloaded this app. None of the sky channels are listed and al of the he channels are listed as testing and do not work. App is nothing like the video above. What a waste of 69p. I want a refund. If you are thinking of getting a refund….there is no website to contact. The developer link in iTunes leads to a page that says coming soon. Thanks COM, that’s the last time I will be taking your advice and anything! Oh and the channels you can watch are not live, they are running 30 mins behind terrestrial tv

  • Gonji

    UK Channels are still working for me; watching the rugby right now. Not so concerned about the US Channels.

    All those complaining about the App and Cult of Mac should think about two things
    1. The last paragraph of this article

    “With that said, this app is undoubtedly illegal or a violation of terms and conditions. We expect Apple to pull it soon, so grab it while you can.”

    Pretty much says it all.

    2. Do you really think that a .99c app would provide all this considering BBC Player charges about $9 a month.

    And anyway, if the App doesn’t work what have you really lost? I would think around a quarter of a cup of coffee.

    Cheers COM for letting us know about this and giving the warnings. Hopefully it works for a while and I get my quarter of a cup of coffee’s worth of entertainment out of it.

  • rtomstudios

    It isn’t the lost of a quarter cup of coffee…. it is the indignation of having lost the quarter cup of coffee… and the hopes of getting something for something less but now we got nothing for something…. so we have to blame someone…. and who better to blame then the person who suggested that we grab it while we can……

  • Charles B Fox

    I have just added this additional comment on App store Customer Ratings
    …………………………………………
    Buyer beware,    Please DO Not pay for this – 23/4/12

    Now back on again 08.45 UK time 24/4/12 but only streaming UK freeview channels.
    APPLE need to get this sorted, they must know about it as the App page has been updated since yesterday, but still scamming the £0.69 from punters !
    …………………………………………….

    Are we still being Scammed ? I think we are, what do you think ?

  • Charles B Fox

    And Freeview is not Premium TV Channels as was originally ‘advertised’ in App store.

  • peppershouse

    All you people complaining about COM costing you $0.99. Come on guys you win some you loose some the review was quite clear. Its not the fault of COM that you guys are lemmings and followed right over the cliff on this one. Any fool could see it wouyld not last more than a few days before either Apple killed it or they went offline/changed the content and started charging. Get a life and live with it stop trying to blame others for your gulability.

  • baby_Twitty

    just bought it out of curiosity, the picture quality is good but took forever to load on 3G.

    Definitely an illegal app and I don’t think it will survive through the week. By then I’ll be getting a refund

  • Koyno Raychev

    I think CoM must apologias for misleading us to buy this app.

  • John Atkinson

    While i can see why we bought the app and so its a scam cannot really blame COM however I will take it is at there Naivety which i would not expect in telling people to grab it while they can.

  • MacHead84

    “With that said, this app is undoubtedly illegal or a violation of terms and conditions. We expect Apple to pull it soon, so grab it while you can.”

    What a disgusting statement! Suggesting your readers participate in what you consider to be something undoubtedly illegal or a TnC violation! CoM needs to be shut down, this is a recurring theme with this trash site.

  • putainjereve

    As I work for Sky in the UK, I can clearly state that we are NOT charging $170/month!!

    That’s a LIE !!!

    AND the channels listed with the apps, except a few, are available on Freeview and also Sky Free to air for FREE!

    Nat Geo is part of a 94 Channels Pack for £25/month ($15).

    Also check the App description, the Sky Sports and Movie channels just to mention a few of them are NOT mentioned!

    Check your info before publishing!!!

  • gubbsur

    CoM stated clearly that the app was on the dodgy side of the fence. No reason to blame them if you as a buyer of the app feels cheated. However, I find it weird that a tech-blog like cult of mac not only misses a fair bit of information, but also get’s it completely wrong. It’s not a “classic scam”, whatever that is. The reason it shows a futubox ad is beacuse it streams it’s channels from their service. Obviously the account the app uses is not working and therefore showing an ad instead of the channel. The app also uses the same method for some of it’s channels but with a free service called tvcatchup.com. Another bit of it’s content is pulled from filmon.com.

    The app simply logs in to tvcatchup.com with the same user on all copies of the app, if something would happend to this user the result is a non functioning app. The app is crashing on startup from not handling the error of a failed login.

    And that is exactly whats going on right now. The traffic from the app is unencrypted, the username and password is sent in clear text in a POST. If someone would grab the password, log in to the site and change the password for the app’s account it would break the app for everyone. And guess what, someone did figure it out. The password is changed, or the user got deleted by staff att tvcatchup.com

    For the curious, the username was ophelia21.

    The only thing unclear and unexpected is how it made it thru apples approval.

    There you have it Cult of Mac, and everyone else.

    Edit: forgot to mention, it was mentioned to CoM on twitter about a day ago that the traffic was unencrypted. A comment CoM maybe should have picked up on, looked into the fact and maybe informed it’s readers.

  • kenci59

    After the first day when it didn’t work – it now does, although Apple have pulled it!

  • njmackem

    Everyone just relax, so you lost a dollar, it is hardly going to kill you. The idea of this app was fantastic to all ex-pats around the world. The only sure fire way to be able to stream UK TV on your iPhone or iPads is to use the Sling solution.

  • HansMayer

    There is iOSLiveTV.com, which is the exact same thing, but completely free. If you hadn’t had a chance to buy the app, try that.

  • TopAgentWebsite

    Great article.

    I wanna try out first class at least a few times in my life :)
    Retweeted the article.

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