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Zattoo allows you to watch Live Terrestrial TV online free of charge... legally

There are a number of slightly dodgy looking internet TV services available but Zattoo is the first one which offers all the programmes from the five terrestrial channels online over and above 24 other satellite channels.

There a good mix of international news outlets as well with broadcasts from France and Russia with children programmes and special interest content like AutoMotoTV and the Poker channel

You will have to install a 17MB application before you can experience the thrill on online TV anywhere and register through the application.

Zattoo (opens in new tab) is available for Linux, Windows and Mac systems and you can setup your preferences using the option menu.

Interestingly, it works in a similar way to other services like Joost or Babelgum in that it is a peer to peer application and is based on the workings of Sugih Jamin and Wenjie Wang at the University of Michigan.

Surprisingly, Zattoo has a team of 50 people working on it worldwide and has plans to go big; The service is currently supported by advertising.

(Ed : IE7 reports that "There is a problem with this website's security certificate" when trying to register (opens in new tab)).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.