Zattoo TV for Windows Phone 8.1 debuts to give some Europeans free TV
In late 2012, Zattoo TV launched its Windows 8 app, allowing residents in a number of European countries access to free television channels. Today, Zattoo TV has finally released its Windows Phone 8.1 app as an example of the growing number of universal apps for Microsoft's Windows platforms.
Zattoo TV stated today that the Windows Phone 8.1 version took just one month to develop, thanks to the new universal app method. About 80 percent of the code from the Windows 8 app was reused to make the new Windows Phone version. The company added, "The only special code needed was for the UI layer, where Zattoo was able to make simple changes using data templates in order to optimize the device experience."
The Zattoo app for Windows Phone 8.1 can be used by the service's over 15 million registered users to access live TV in a number of European countries, including Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, Denmark, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and the UK. It includes the ability to pin their favorite TV channels to the Start menu, a way to keep viewing TV while using another app in Snap mode, the ability to stream content to other devices and more.
If you live in the markets where Zattoo TV is available, you can download the Windows Phone 8.1 app right now from the Windows Phone Store. The Windows 8.1 app is also still available in the Windows Store (opens in new tab). Additionally, the company announced today that an Xbox One app is in the works.
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By Jez Corden
Greetings from Switzerland.
I'm not paying a TV licence to subsidise the viewing habits of people outside the UK