Zattoo – Watch Online TV for free

Zattoo has developed a software program that allows you to watch TV on your computer. All you need is a broadband connection and a current operating system (Windows XP or Vista, Mac OS X, or Linux). The service is legal and free of charge.

Where can I use Zattoo?

Zattoo is currently available in Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.

Is Zattoo really free of charge?

Yes. You can download the Zattoo Player for free, and it also doesn’t cost you anything to use Zattoo to watch TV.

Install Zattoo client in ubuntu

First you need to download zattoo client from here

Minimum System Requirements

* Ubuntu 8.04 or newer
* Intel Pentium 4 2.33GHz, AMD Athlon™ 64 2800+ processor (or equivalent)
* 512 MB RAM
* 64MB of VRAM
* Broadband Internet connection
* Hardware accelerated video card recommended (with OpenGL)

Currently we only provide 32-bit packages. Some users have been able to get these to work in 64-bit distributions after installing the correct 32-bit compatibility libraries.

1. Download .deb package
2. Install the .deb package
3. Download and install the Adobe Flash plugin via Synaptic

List of available TV channels check from here


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18 thoughts on “Zattoo – Watch Online TV for free

  1. I wouldn’t say that the service is free. From the Zattoo website (during the registration):

    We’re happy you’ve decided to give Zattoo a try.

    Starting from DKK 23 per month, you can watch the channels you know and love on your computer – wherever and whenever you want.

    To start watching TV on your computer, simply complete the form below.

    You will then be taken to the payment page, where you can choose your subscription terms.

    The pricing options are

    1 month subscription kr 35
    3 month subscription kr 85
    12 month subscription kr 280

  2. It’s not available in the US. Next time when writing a story all the facts including how it is not also free will help. Journalism school might be a good choice for you.

  3. Doesn’t it say: “Zattoo is currently available in Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.”?

  4. This is from the Zattoo help page:

    Do I have to pay to use Zattoo?

    In Switzerland, Germany and the UK, basic service is free. In France, Spain, and Denmark, we offer test channels for free, with the full lineup requiring a subscription. This is due to content costs.

    @Kevin So he forgot to include that bit of info that its not free everywhere, big deal. If you bothered to check yourself you would find that this site is UK based so the service is free for this person. Therefore the facts still stand albeit with a caveat for other countries.

  5. bad as any other media project. Locked by country. Internet its not tv. Its worldwide. these systems with country lock are bad, they are not the future. just mimic old system over internet.

    Go miro! ( its really internet and think out of box (not old system). a real new way to do it.

  6. I for one am glad to see Linux support back in Zattoo. I believe that the country limitations are imposed by the TV stations and not Zattoo – for example the BBC in the UK is funded by the UK TV licence payer and thus should not be generally available worldwide.
    I tried installing Zatto on 64 bit Ubuntu forcing 386 with:
    sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture ./zattoo-4.0.2-i386.deb
    However it reports an error finding the flash plugin. I have create sym links in various places to my but not joy. Did anyone else have any success on Ubuntu 64-bit?

  7. The big plus that “native” video clients have over flash/web based is simply video acceleration.
    Even on multicore cpu machines with a decent graphics card (nvidia, ati, Intel – yes, I’ve various machines with graphics hardware from all three vendors), plenty of RAM etc I still see poor playback due to either graphics tearing, stuttery playback (it kind of ebbs and flows – not due to bandwidth but in a “ADOBE flash *still* doesn’t do accelerated video on Linux” way (despite the supposed accelerated check box in the flash player options).

    I’ve found this to be the case for all web based/ flash based sources be that BBC Iplayer, Channel 4 On Demand, YouTube etc.

    So a native, non-flash based player that can work with such sources is/would be most welcome. It’s a shame that channel 4 didn’t embrace the great “get-iplayer” project as that used to work really well with a native player such as mplayer.

    Daft sods – they really need start getting a grip on the benefits of going open.

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