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The Digital Student: - Videos, TV shows & movies

Videos, TV shows and movies

Steaming or downloading movies and TV shows from unofficial sources is illegal - but there are lots free and legal sources of this content. If you want to get access to the latest content however, you may want to consider a premium service and many to offer student discounts. 

TV content for academic use

Box of broadcasts

If you need access to broadcasted content for academic purposes then check out Box of Broadcasts (BoB).  BoB is a service from the British Film and Video Council that enables you to record and view TV and radio online from over 60 free-to-air channels in the UK, including an archive of over 1,000,000 programmes. BoB is available to staff, students and researchers at member universities and colleges across the UK. 

Video, TV shows and movies for personal use

Free websites and apps

Most TV channels offer a free on-demand service. These let you steam and/or download TV shows and movies to your laptop, mobile, game console or connected TV. Some of these services also let you steam live television. 

Service Offers Channels Web address

BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

  • Streaming
  • Download
  • Apps
  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC 3 (online only)
  • BBC Four
  • BBC Radio
  • BBC News
  • BBC Parliament
  • BBC S4C
  • CBBC / CBeebies



  • Streaming
  • Apps
  • ITV
  • ITV 2
  • ITB Be.
  • ITV 3
  • ITV 4
  • CITV

All 4

All 4

  • Streaming
  • Apps
  • Channel 4
  • E4
  • More4
  • Filme4
  • 4seven
  • 4 Music

My 5


  • Streaming
  • Apps
  • Channel 5
  • 5USA
  • 5Star
  • Spike


UKTV Player

  • Streaming
  • Apps
  • Dave
  • Yesterday
  • Really
  • Drama

Premium options for students

It can be cheaper than you think to legally access the latest TV shows and movies. This page lists some of the top UK services for internet TV.

Service Offers Features Web address

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime

  • Streaming
  • Apps
  • £7.99 a month
  • Student discount (6 months free then 50% off)
  • TV shows
  • Movies
  • Amazon Originals
  • Music
  • Amazon delivery benefits
  • Unlimited photo storage



  • Streaming
  • Apps
  • £5.99-8.99 a month
  • TV shows
  • Movies
  • Netflix original content

Now TV (Sky)

Now TV

  • Streaming
  • Apps
  • £6.99-£33.99 a month
  • Entertainment Pass (11 channels)
  • Cinema Pass (movies)
  • Sports Pass (Sky Sports)