UPDATE: Looks like Apple has pulled this app from the iTunes store.
A couple of days ago, a new TV app came out for the iPhone/iPad. It is called TV English Premium and as the name suggests, it seems to have all of the main TV channels from the UK. At least the free ones. When I last lived in the UK there were only four channels in total. But now there seems to be four BBC channels and four ITV channels. Plus a lot more. Normally, the only way to watch UK channels from abroad is by using a VPN. But, for some reason, this one works without it. In fact, in the tests that I have been running all day, it is working better for me than the iPlayer ever did. Short buffering time and only a few drop-outs. The quality on the iPad is really good. Apparently if I had an Apple TV I could also send it to the TV using Air Play. However, it is evening now and I am noticing more drop-outs. But still watchable.
The price at the moment is $.99. The full price is apparently $3.99. But be careful before you rush out to buy as you need to consider the following points. Firstly, if it is indeed illegal then the BBC or ITV might at some future point pull the plug on the feeds. Even if they fail or not, Apple could possibly remove it from iTunes. So, if you go for this, it is a gamble. Secondly, some people are reporting problems. There are a few bad reviews on iTunes. Graham Rogers also gave a mixed review here as he had some problems in getting it to work. I should also add that the 5 star reviews on iTunes should NOT be trusted. Mine included. It was a trick of the developers to get you to do that in order to get the extra HD channels. I have these extra channels now but they seem to be more problematic.
Of course, once you have all these new channels, how do you find out what is on? For that I am using a free app called TV Guide. In the set-up you can choose the channels that you want to monitor. You then get to see what is on now and what is coming next (top left). You can then click through to see more information (top right). It seems to work very well. I will play around with this for a few more days before coming back to give you a follow-up review. If you do decide to go for it, let me know in the reviews how it went for you. But make sure you have a good internet connection first.