You may access the free Freewire Television channels using recent versions of VLC, 0.9.6 and above are known to work. Versions prior to 0.9.x will NOT work. Note that this still requires you to be covered by a valid TV License.
Download and install the VLC program from the VideoLAN website. For Windows click the link here. VLC is available for many other platforms, please see their other Operating Systems area. Note that some Linux distributions include an older version of VLC which may not be able to receive all channels with. It should be possible to compile a more recent version of VLC on those distributions.
The easiest way to try Freewire from VLC is to use a playlist we have prepared:
To use one of the above files, download it to your computer, open VLC, and then select Media -> Open File... and open the appropriate file. If you have a third party firewall you may have to enable all UDP protocol to be allowed to/from VLC.
For the techies you can from the File/Media menu select Open Network(Stream)... . You have to connect to the Multicast address of the channel you wish to view, and select UDP, with port 5000. A list of the freely availble channel's addresses is below.
BBC One (West)
BBC Two (England)
Channel 4 +1
BBC News 24
Al Jazeera English