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A new on-demand video website pooling content from rival broadcasters has launched in a move that could revolutionise how people watch television.

More than 3,000 hours of BBC, Channel 4 and Five programmes can now be accessed from a single website.

SeeSaw puts programmes including Doctor Who, Hustle, Shameless and Neighbours side-by-side under one brand for the first time.

U.S. shows are due to be added to the library later this year, when the site is set to start charging for some of its content. 

Downloading programs is currently free, although there are adverts at the start and possibly also in the middle of the shows.

SeeSaw’s controller John Keeling said: ‘It’s like having an enormous buffet… you can either just snack on it and catch up on what you’ve missed or gorge yourself with an entire season – it’s absolutely at your fingertips and your control.’ 

Mr Keeling, who has 20 years experience in the industry working for Sky, MTV, the Disney Channel and UKTV, added:

‘This is the tip of the iceberg, it feels to me like it did 20 years ago when I was at Sky and multi-channel TV was just beginning and you saw satellite dishes sprouting on people’s homes like mushrooms

‘This way of watching television will be on TVs from this year. One of the fastest selling electronic goods is an HDMI cable which connects a laptop to the back of the TV and bingo, you’re online and your TV has become an enormous monitor for your laptop.’