LOVEStv is the free television platform promoted jointly by Atresmedia, Mediaset España and RTVE. It is based on HbbTV technology and allows you to enjoy some functionalities that live television does not have. For example, with this service we can watch a program from the beginning, enjoy most of the content that has been broadcast in the last week, see programming recommendations or find out about the next few days through an improved guide. Now that it has been running for some time, we wanted to review the advantages and disadvantages of using LOVEStv .
Before knowing the advantages and disadvantages, and for those who still do not know what LOVEStv is, it is worth remembering that it is a service that is not available on all televisions. What does it take to watch LOVEStv? We will need a television with an Internet connection, which is connected to the terrestrial antenna and which complies with the Hybrid DTT, Hybrid DTT 2.0 or at least version 1.5 of the HbbTV standard.
In other words, if we have a relatively new television, it is almost certain that we will be able to enjoy LOVEStv. However, if our TV is a few years old, it may not be compatible. Luckily, it is very easy to know if our TV is compatible or not. We just have to put one of the channels that include it (remember, RTVE, Mediaset and Atresmedia channels) and check if we get a notice with the availability of the platform. If we have it, we will only have to press the blue button on the remote to enter.
Advantages of LOVEStv
The main advantage of LOVEStv is that it is a free platform . If our television is compatible we will not have to pay anything to use it. In addition, in it we can find content from the three main communication groups in our country: RTVE, Atresmedia and Mediaset.
Another advantage that this platform offers us is the possibility of watching a program or series from the beginning . That is, if we are late to a program, we can see it from the beginning by simply pressing the yellow button or through the mini-guide once inside the platform. We will never miss something we wanted to see again because we were late.
The third advantage is that we can see the content broadcast in the last 7 days . In the main menu we will have an option called "Last 7 days", with which we can navigate through the programming that has already been broadcast and retrieve the content that interests us.
Focusing more on each of the functionalities, we also find some features that we can consider advantages. For example, we can pause content on LOVEStv and pick it up again where we left off . Upon entering the platform, the system will remember where we have left off and, when we re-enter the program, it will offer us the option to see it again from the beginning or to resume where we left off. It also does it with several programs at the same time.
We also consider an advantage that we can advance the content . In addition, the forward and backward system works really fast, so it is very easy to move within the content.
Disadvantages of LOVEStv
LOVEStv is a very interesting platform and, as we mentioned before, it is free. However, it is not perfect, it could improve some details to offer an even more complete service.
Thus, among the disadvantages we have, for example, the expiration of the content . As we have mentioned, LOVEStv offers the option of enjoying VOD (video on demand or video on demand) thanks to the “Last 7 days” functionality. However, once the content exceeds these 7 days, it is no longer available on this platform.
On the other hand, due to audiovisual rights there are contents that do not appear on LOVEStv . When entering the platform we will only see in the guides of each channel the contents that are available and that can be shown. With the series and programs produced by each channel there is usually no problem, but films and series from other countries are another story. Most do not appear on the platform.
Finally, we have commented that it is an advantage to be able to advance and go back the content as we need. However, this feature is only available in the "Last 7 days" option. That is, in the option "View from the beginning" we will not be able to advance the content , so we will have to "swallow" the ads by force.
And the truth is that, during the time that we have used the service, we have not found any other notable disadvantage . Perhaps the interface is not the best, but we must bear in mind that this is not an application for Smart TV, it is a hybrid service that works through DTT. Hence, we cannot use the usual buttons that we use to operate other applications on the TV.
In general we are facing a very interesting service that we can use to see that chapter that we have missed or that program that we wanted to see and to which we have arrived late.