Seven launches online catch-up, PLUS7

By David Knox on January 18, 2010 / Filed Under News 25

Seven today launched its online catch-up portal, PLUS7.

The site offers legal streaming of Seven shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Home and Away, FlashForward, Private Practice, Heroes, Castle, Better Homes and Gardens, Parks and Recreation and more.

As with the ABC’s iView, the site does not require a show to finish downloading before being available to start play.

The site includes “mid-roll advertising” to show advertisements mid programme, much like commercial television.

A spokesperson previously told TV Tonight they expect around 3-4 ads per show. Titles will remain online for between 7 – 28 days depending on rights.

So far no ISPs are yet on board for unmetered content.

The site can be viewed at au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7

25 Comments »

  1. v thompson March 7, 2010 at 12:44 pm -

    i watched one episode of a series with no real probs back in february, now i’ve tried to go in to watch some and it keeps stopping and starting and is impossible…any suggestions out there?

  2. John February 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm -

    this just doesn’t work. I have ADSL 2+ but it still stops every 5 seconds

  3. John January 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm -

    I guess now we know why PLUS7 was trademarked (clearly as a red herring) not long before the unveiling of 7Two

  4. Tepee January 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm -

    I used this yesterday to catch up on the last ep of Parks & Rec. Does the job, and I like the selection of titles available, but it’d be great if this content was unmetered, and even better if it was higher quality video.

  5. Danny Wu January 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm -

    Awesome, hope it will include TT

  6. Luke January 19, 2010 at 10:59 am -

    Now lets see some simple PS3 integration like with iView and we’ll be set.

  7. margo January 19, 2010 at 7:49 am -

    What what i’ve seen so far this will be a hit with the search engines – unique url strings and a static page for each show – google will like this – unlike iview

  8. Macca January 19, 2010 at 6:41 am -

    Yawn…

  9. AA January 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm -

    Nice attempt at a “Australian” Hulu (as it has NBC shows on it like Hulu does).

    NBC Universal and Seven would need to wsork out a deal to bring Hulu to Australia-which they don’t seem to interested in )emailled NBC Universal suggesting that-no reply).

  10. SJ January 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm -

    I’d probably watch it if they had some decent programs.

  11. Angry Face January 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm -

    Issues I have noticed so far….
    - Video isn’t very good quality
    - Watermark is quite big
    - Too many ads. Ads all over the pages, before videos, and during videos.
    - No ISPs have it unmetered.
    - Barely anything to watch.
    - No support for Windows Media Center (or any other Media Center software)
    - “Exclusive Sneak Previews” are not full episodes, but they are listed anyway.

  12. ross. January 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm -

    Gosh you’re all a bunch of whiners. It’s better than nothing, which is pretty much what every other station is giving us.

  13. dave January 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm -

    I dont like this, I don’t like that, boo to this, boo to that.

  14. Freddy January 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm -

    Hmm, pity the site is full of errors.
    Sunday 17th Jan – Castle: Series 3 Episode 8 ???
    Pity that there is no series 3 yet, it was actually Series 1 episode 8 yesterday.
    Wed Dec 6 – Heroes: Series 5 Episode 10???
    They are still screening Series 3 and are a whole series behind the US.

    A nice idea but poorly set up.

  15. mikeys January 18, 2010 at 5:15 pm -

    Low def, low fi, slow load, no download, no thanks. A good start and concept, but c’mon, welcome to 2006 as someone else said.

  16. Jojo January 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm -

    Can’t watch it. Just freezes up and then stops all together and I have to reload the page. Shame.

  17. jane January 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm -

    Sorry but the quality is poor even streaming, I would rather wait for the Download to finish and watch it in higher res.

  18. Ben January 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm -

    Until the networks pool their catch up content and have one unified service that is delivered direct to the TV via Tivo, PS3 etc (Hulu anyone?) and are unmetered then they will not be hugely successful in my opinion.

  19. slydoggie January 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm -

    Welcome to 2006 CH7…

  20. Tim January 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm -

    My thoughts:
    - The interface is less flash heavy than iView so props for that
    - It needs to be unmetered to be successful
    - The layout needs some usability enhancements
    - Needs a better recently added section (ie view shows by last episodes add date)
    - I like the my shows feature (with alerts)
    - An RSS feed of shows and links to watch it would be nice
    - They need more content, there are no many decent shows available (granted its early days, but then i don’t even know if i really watch much ch7 anyway i mostly watch 10)

    The top 2 must haves though is unmetered usage and a lot more content.

    Craig: Possibly because some people either have a HTPC they can watch it on, or they watch their downloaded content on their PC anyway.

  21. chad January 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm -

    not at home atm but hopefully there is ps3 support on it’s way/already works

  22. Angry Face January 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm -

    On one hand this is a good, especially for those of us with bad signals. On the other hand, it is bad because we won’t be able to watch much without using a significant portion of our monthly download usage.

    I really hope that ISPs start unmetering it soon. Otherwise it will be pointless.

  23. The Master January 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm -

    unless it becomes unmetered content for Bigpond users I will not be using it

  24. AA January 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm -

    OK effort by 7 for a catch-up site-nice to see NBC content (eg. Hereos) on there.

  25. Craig January 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm -

    So again apart from being ‘legal’ why would anyone use a service where you can’t DL and are stuck at you PC or Mac to watch and you need a fast connection to watch? On top of that you still get ads!

    Maybe if ISPs put it on there unmetered list then it will work (for some) but until the I won’t be watching.

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