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Developer(s) University of Michigan and Zattoo Inc.
Operating system cross-platform
Type Internet Television
License Proprietary
Website www.zattoo.com

Zattoo is an Internet Protocol Television system,[1] with offices located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in Zurich, Switzerland.[2] It is available on computer, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad and runs on the operating systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Linux.


Zattoo was created to stream the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.[3] On 20 April 2007, Zattoo launched in Denmark with ten channels and started piloting in the United Kingdom.[4] On 4 October 2007, Zattoo reached one million registered users in Europe.[5][6]

Zattoo has been available in Spain since 10 June 2007.[7][8] Zattoo has been available in France since 16 January 2008.[9]

On 5 August 2008, Zattoo asked its Spanish users for a €2.40 charge by SMS in order to continue with the service during August and September.[10] In March 2009, Zattoo removed its services from Belgium in an attempt to keep its costs down.[11] Despite this removal of services from Belgium, Zattoo would return if it found a suitable marketing partner.[12]

In May 2009, lawyers for Universal and Warner Bros. instigated legal proceedings against Zattoo claiming that the Swiss website - which rebroadcasts a number of television stations live online - is adding advertising to films that are shown on German TV via its online service.[13]

On 23 April 2010, Zattoo dropped all the BBC channels from their UK channel list, after ongoing pressure from the BBC to remove them.[14] On 15 June 2010, Zattoo dropped ITV1, Channel 4 and Five from their UK channel list, leaving none of the main UK channels; however, ITV's Northern Ireland (UTV) franchise remain.[15]



Zattoo services are available from a web browser or dedicated applications. The web product functions with any browser that supports Flash. Smartphone applications are available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. A Windows 8 application can be downloaded from the Windows Store. Applications also exist for set-top boxes, video game consoles and connected TVs. Some applications are restricted to specific countries.


The service is currently restricted to Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Norway (closed again in 2008), United Kingdom and France, but was in 2007 expected to expand to other European countries, (with Austria and Poland being at the top of that list)[16] then to Canada and the US while adding fee-based channels to its list. It is also designed to only allow specific audiences to watch specific channels, thanks to geolocation of the IP address assigned to the user's computer (hence the restriction to a few countries for the time being).

On 19 December 2009, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive[17] regarding watching TV online from other EU countries came into force. This does not affect Zattoo or other P2PTV providers at all, since the directive only changes the jurisdiction where a country does not allow the reception of a foreign TV channel due to different laws. But the reason why P2PTV channels are not available all over the EU is not that the country of the viewer would not allow it, but that the TV channel itself cannot allow it due to licensing restrictions of the TV programs.

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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 02:11:15 -0700

OTT TV provider Zattoo is now offering its VoD service for Android devices, inside-handy. de reports. The service has been available for web, Windows 10 and iOS users since the beginning of the year. Zattoo said it responded to a TNS Infratest survey ...

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 23:51:31 -0700

Wer die Episode nicht herunterladen und trotzdem kostenlos anschauen wollte, konnte das am Montagabend live oder via Zattoo um 22.50 Uhr sowie mit Replay-Funktion über den RTS Un HD Webplayer. Und dieses Angebot wurde rege genutzt.
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 07:04:30 -0700

Bereits im Dezember hatte der Web-TV-Dienst Zattoo einen neuen Video-on-Demand-Dienst (VoD) gestartet. Damit konnten Nutzer im Web, auf Windows 10 und iOS Sendungen aus dem Free-TV schauen, die eigentlich schon längst gelaufen waren.


Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:22:30 -0700

Ein kostenpflichtiges Abo kann man direkt auf der Website von Zattoo kündigen. Dazu müssen Nutzer sich zunächst mit ihrem Benutzernamen und dem Passwort einloggen. Um die Optionen zur Verwaltung des Kontos aufzurufen, klickt man auf das stilisierte ...


Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:15:00 -0700

Mit der Zattoo App mobil Fernsehen: Das kostenlose Tool bringt 79 Sender auf Smartphones und Tablets. Inzwischen nutzen über zwei Millionen Menschen Zattoo. Der Dienst ist in der Basisversion kostenfrei; zusätzliche Sender sowie HD-Streaming sind ...
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:44:28 -0700

Der TV-Streamingdienst Zattoo hat auf eine selbst in Auftrag gegebene Marktforschung reagiert und stellt einige Features seines Angebotes einer breiteren Nutzerbasis zur Verfügung. Wie das Unternehmen berichtet, können nun auch Nutzer mit ...
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Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:03:45 -0700

German regional operator M-net has announced this week that its newly launched IPTV platform, M-net TVplus, is based on the IPTV solution from Swiss internet TV provider and B2B technology vendor Zattoo, as well as choosing a set top OS from German ...

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Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:15:10 -0800

Zattoo VOD German commercial TV broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 has expanded its collaboration with internet TV provider Zattoo: Pay-TV channels ProSieben Fun, Sat.1 Emotions, kabel eins classics and wetter.com TV (formerly Deutsches Wetter Fernsehen) ...

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