EETV Apps and Connected TV Channels – December 2015 Update

Since my initial review last year a number of new apps have been added to the EETV box, and more importantly software updates from EE and changes to the Freeview interactive channels mean that all the additional TV channels on Freeview are now working properly.

Streaming Channels accessible on Freeview

Unless otherwise stated the following are live channels only with no way of recording or watching catch up content.

  • 1,2,7,9 – BBC iPlayer : Connected Red Button (On Demand BBC iPlayer Connect and occasional live streams)
  • 18 – BX+ : Kerrang!, Magic, and Kiss (Additional channels available via the EETV app)
  • 135 : RT Documentary
  • 226 : CCTV News, CCTV-9 Documentary, CCTV-4
  • 231 : Racing UK (Subscription Service)
  • 239 : SBN
  • 240 : Motors TV
  • 241 – TV Player : Heart TV, Capital TV, Clubland, Chilled, Channel AKA, Now That’s What I Call Music!, Sony SAB, QVC, Fashion TV, Revelation TV, UCB, France 24 (English), NHK World, Euronews, QVC Beauty, QVC Style, QVC, Extra
  • 242 : Vintage TV
  • 243 – Vision TV : CCTV News, BON, France 24 (French), TV/C News, BEN, Sports Tonight, Sino, Hellenic TV, God, Peace TV, Peace TV (Urdu), Sikh Channel, Islam Channel, Iqra (English), Iqra, British Muslim TV, Believe
  • 245 : Planet Knowledge (On Demand Documentary Library, some pay content)
  • 246 – JSTV : JSTV-1, JSTV-2 (Subscription Services)
  • 247 – kykNET L kykNET Entertainment, kykNET Musiek (Subscription Services)
  • 249 : Hudu
  • 254 : Showcase TV

Additionally a number of part-time shopping channels continue as online-streams when otherwise off-air.

EE TV Apps

  • Demand 5
  • YouTube
  • Wuaki TV (On Demand Movie service, can also access your UltraViolet film library if accounts linked)
  • BBC iPlayer
  • Mubi (Subscription)
  • Hopster (Subscription)
  • BX+ (4Music, The Box, Kiss, Kerrang!, Magic, Heat, Smash Hits)
  • Now TV (Subscription)
  • BBC News
  • BBC Sport
  • TV Player + (Subscription including British Eurosport 1 & 2, Lifetime, TLC, Watch, Gold, Alibi, Sony TV, Sony Movie Channel, History, Discovery Channel, ID, Discovery Turbo, Animal Planet, H2, ci, GoodFood, Home, Eden, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Catoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonio, Baby TV – no catch up content)
  • Bollywood HD (Subscription)
  • Brasil TV (Subscription)
  • (Subscription)
  • Carib Be (Subscription)
  • Corazón (PAYG)
  • Euronews
  • Cinefun TV (Pay)
  • Daily Motion
  • Cloudio TV (Subscription)
  • Deezer (Subscription)
  • France 24 (English, French, Arabic)
  • Gemporia
  • iConcerts (Subscription)
  • LogiTravel (Sticks on loading screen)
  • MeteoNews
  • My Polish TV (Subscription)
  • NRJ (Radio)
  • téléfrance (Subscription including BFM TV, France 2, France 3, France 5)
  • The Baby Channel (Mixture of Free and PAYG)
  • The Weather Network


Since the summer this has been changed, making it possible to see which recordings you’ve watched, easier to cancel the series link and delete whole series.

Streaming Sticks

UK Video On Demand Players

There are now a number of platforms available for watching on-demand and live broadcasts from the UK’s existing broadcasters, new entrants, and smaller players. Alas choosing the right platform isn’t just as simple as looking for a device which suits your budget and requirements, but also finding one which has all the services you use available.

At the start of December 2015 an Android tablet will allow you to access most of the main services, however when it comes to watching on your TV though things are much less clear cut.

The Google Sheets file below is my attempt to keep track of service availability on Android devices, the Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, and Roku Streaming Stick. (Sorry, as I don’t have any Apple devices I won’t be following the Apple TV).

Right now the only platform which supports the main UK Broadcasters (BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Demand 5), major PAYG On Demand services (Now TV, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Netflix, and Google Play Music), and large Online Video services (YouTube and Vimeo) is the Roku. However even here BT Sport, UKTV Play (Dave, Drama, Really, Yesterday), and TVPlayer are unavailable.

Continue reading →


Remotely Setting and Cancelling Timers

I can’t believe that such basic functionality was missing from the EE TV app, but I’m now able to set times remotely, and also cancel them (Unfortunately the app doesn’t work when connected to my home VPN as it wants to find the box via UPNP :( ).

Searching for and setting a recording


Showing a list of timers already set



Watching EE TV Content on XBMC

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a basic EE TV box which you could put in the bedroom or kitchen allowing you to view content on the big screen? Well, the Web UI stuff I’ve been playing with gives me the content, M3U links etc so why not put it together in a way my Raspberry PI running RaspbMC can understand?

Some time, a few RSS feeds, and M3U file generation later gives us…

Adding the RSS Source to XBMC

Adding the RSS Source to XBMC

The top level menu

The top level menu

The Live TV Channel List

The Live TV Channel List

Watching Live TV

Watching Live TV

The list of Arqiva Connect streams (alas those on 4 Music are encrypted)

The list of Arqiva Connect streams (alas those on 4 Music are encrypted)

Watching Arqiva Connect streams

Watching Arqiva Connect streams

List of recordings

List of recordings

with synopsys

with synopsys

and watching the recordings

and watching the recordings




A little sneak peak here of a web UI I’m working on to control the EE TV box from your browser



Channel List – Change channels on your EE TV box from your PC!


Play and Download Recordings


Search for Programmes



The EE TV Freeview HD box is a nifty bit of kit made by Netgem (an N8500 customised for EE) with four DVB-T2 tuners onboard.

Unfortunately mine arrived DOA (faulty hard disk) which required an EE Broadband engineer to come out and swap it for a new one – it would have been easier and quicker for me if I could have nipped into an EE store, but for there less technical customers it’s understandable.

Anyway, here are my impressions / thoughts of the box after my first five days with it (originally posted over on Digital Spy but reproduced here with some tidying up) – comparisons are with my Humax 9200PVRT and the latest Sky+HD digibox.  If you want a typical consumer review go over to Engadget, this will be a bit more techy.

In The Box

EE TV Box Contents


  • Remote control with two Duracell AAA batteries
  • PSU
  • HDMI Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Antenna Cable (comes complete with a male to male gender changer – allows it to be used for either connecting direct to a wall socket when it was previously unused, or, as in my case, to allow you to put the existing aerial into the STB and loop the signal through to your TV)
  • Users Manual (really a quick start guide)
  • Three Wuaki.TV vouchers – one film to keep, and two 48 hour rentals.
  • I also got the optional mini-DIN to SCART cable as the lounge TV is a bit old now!

Good first impressions – it’s not often you get everything you need to get started!

While running through the installation process (connecting to WiFi etc) the box is already scanning for channels in the background so with any luck they are ready and waiting for you after you’ve finished the setup.


At the time of installation on Monday the following apps were available:-



Some of the Apps on EE TV

  • Demand 5*
  • BBC iPlayer*
  • Hopster* (Was coming soon on Monday, live the following day).
  • YouTube*
  • NRJ
  • MUZU.TV*
  • The Box+*
  • The Weather Network
  • BBC Sport*
  • BBC News
  • Meteo News
  • Gemporia

By Thursday the following apps had also been added

  • Daily Motion
  • Deezer
  • Euronews

and The Box+ had received a revised UI with video quality improvements too.

* = On Home screen by default

The quality of some of the apps is far from fully refined – for instance in the Box+ app the picture quality varies wildly – some times it’s not too far off the Freesat variants, at other times it looks like you are watching Lego. RTД,, CCTV News, Magic, Kerrang!, Kiss,  rather soft (and really could do with having their own channel numbers), as is the streaming version of Motors TV.  Vintage TV generally looks okay though.

One thing which really is apparent is that the excessive overscan of some TV’s (mine included) hasn’t been taken into account (Muzu and NRJ are pretty bad offenders).

You Tube

snapshot_[2014.11.30_18.21.56]Like the Now TV App you can use the Chromecast feature on YouTube in Chrome or mobile apps to cast your videos to the EE TV box, but also like Now TV you have a five second pause between each one.  Unlike NOW TV it’s actually responsive.

It’s not full on Chromecast support though – so no Google Play Music All Access for instance.


Replay TV

The Reply option has 6, 12, 18, and 24 hours as an option. If you turn it on you can use two tuners for recording up to two programmes at the same time, if you turn it off you can record up to four programmes at the same time.  The channels you can add to reply are rather limiting though – BBC 1 -4, CBBC, BBC News, Cbeebies, BBC Parliament, ITV, Channel 4, ITV-2, More 4, Film Four, and E4..  If you were hoping to add Dave or Notts TV you’re out of luck.


On the recordings you can add 1, 5, 10, 20, or 0 minutes to the start and end of recordings, which as far as I can tell is in addition to the standard Freeview auto padding

Streaming Services

In addition to the over the air channels there are a number of additional services delivered via your EE broadband connection.  In all cases (except the BBC Connected Red Button) these take the simple form of additional channels which you may get some additional information on.  The BBC connected Red Button goes further and offers News headlines (including video stories), Sport (including extra screens) and the full 30 day iPlayer

These services aren’t quite as good as native Freeview channels though – they take a while to load, have no recording capabilities, live pause – you can do nothing more than watching them.  Such a shame as they are all plain old transport streams.  This is  more an indication of the immaturity of the delivery of these via MHEG .

Fully Working Services


BBC iPlayer from Connected Red Button

  • BBC Connected Red Button (Labelled as Trial / Beta)
  • QVC (via Channel 35)
  • 4 Music (Red Button, but stuck in 4:3 pillar box)
  • RTД (Red Button on RT)
  • Racing UK (Preview)
  • SBN International
  • Motors TV
  • Vintage TV


Partially Working Services


Some services like CCTV only partially work

In both cases you can watch the first video stream just fine, but as soon as you flick to another video stream they drop to only audio and you have to channel hop to get them back

  • CCTV (Once you’ve switched channel you get Audio only though – i.e. you can’t watch CCTV4 or 9 and have to reload the interactive service to P+/P- to get CCTV News’ picture back).
  • Dating (suffers the same issue that CCTV has)



Some services such as TVPlayer aren’t (yet) available on EETV

Unavailable services

  • VUTV
  • TV Player
  • Vision TV


Android App

EE TV Android App

EE TV Android App

Thanks to video playback on my Nexus 7 being busted now it’s running in Lollypop I’ve not used the app much, but on my phone it appears to work well.  It’s primarily designed around watching TV though which makes using it as a remote like you can do with the Sky+ App a bit of a pain.



EETV Channel List in VLC

EETV Channel List in VLC

The Android app streams SD channels well enough, but doesn’t offer HD ones.

However, if you are on a laptop you can enter the world of EE TV playing around and discover it’s hidden talents.

Assuming your EE TV’s box has an IP address of you can access the channel list and jump around in VLC by doing the following

Media -> Open Network Stream ->

View -> Playlist

Double Click the channels you want

VLC isn’t able to read the EPG Data but TVHeadend (a DVB PVR package for Linux) is able too…  More about that later on.

TV Guide / Recording


On first impressions it looks like my three house keeping tasks which I do after every Freeview retune were impossible – namly no ability to set favourites, delete the junk channels, or reorganise the channel listings, however I have discovered you can hide channels which you don’t want to see by locking them on the locks menu.

Unless I’m missing something you can’t add/remove apps from the home screen – e.g. I can’t replace Hopster (which is now available) with NRJ (it’s a radio player for a number of NRJ streams).

Scheduled Recordings

Switching between Scheduled and Completed Recordings

Switching between Scheduled and Completed Recordings

At first it looked like Scheduled Recordings were impossible to see – unlike Sky they aren’t tacked on the end of the list, and unlike my previous Freeview PVRs they don’t have a top level menu.

However it is possible to view them, Menu -> Recordings -> All Recordings -> Left -> Highlight “Show” -> OK and Choose “Scheduled” Then to switch back to the actual recordings do the same but selected “All recorded”….


Hidden Functionality

As the EE TV box is a standard Netgem box with EE’s customisations some features are hidden / disabled, such as the UPnP server (which is actually running and used by the Android App, but not behaving in the standard was so unable to be seen by standard UPnP Clients – i.e. that Smart TV in the bedroom can’t stream from the box)

When  you plugin a USB Flash Drive you get a prompt on screen showing that’s it’s reading it, but no UI presents itself making it useless.

You can also play arbitary videos served over HTTP by calling Encoded URL&position=0 – you can see a little demo of this below, however the behaviour on the STB is a bit unpredictable – sometimes you get the UI features shown here, other times the only thing you can do is exit the video by pressing P+/P-