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Listen to radio or watch TV online

The internet is creating new ways for us to watch our favourite TV shows and listen to music. You can do any of the following:

Watch TV

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 all have websites where you can go to watch programmes you’ve missed or want to watch again. These are free services, but most of the programmes will only be available for a limited time. There are many more internet TV services available, including paid subscription services.

You can use these services from your computer, but many will also have apps that will allow you to view programmes from a tablet PC or mobile phone. You can even find these services on many modern TVs, usually called ‘Smart TVs’.

YouTube is the most popular video-sharing site on the internet. It contains millions of videos, uploaded by individuals and organisations. You can use it to watch documentaries, music videos, funny videos and much more.

You may need additional software on your computer to run these videos. Many video services use Adobe Flash Player, which you can download for free, but the website you’re on will normally provide the necessary instructions if you need additional software.

Listen to Radio

You can listen online to radio shows on stations like BBC’s Radio 4 or Heart - most radio stations will have an option to listen live on their website or have an app that lets you listen from your mobile phone or tablet PC.

Did you know that you can listen online to The Wireless, Age UK’s own radio station? You can do so by visiting the Wireless page and then selecting the ‘listen live’ button.

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