Time Shifting

Time shifting or replay TV is a function provided by some set-top boxes and cloud-based TV services which allows viewers to watch television broadcasts hours or even days after they are broadcasted. Unlike video recorders, there is no need to set specific times for TV recordings ahead of time, as broadcasts are recorded on a continuous basis.

In Switzerland, TV time shifting may or may not include forced commercial breaks. Many TV plan providers offer an optional, paid add-on which removes advertisements.

Time shifting is widely used in Switzerland, and is increasing in popularity.

Many Swiss TV plans include a time shift function. In addition to major TV plan providers like Swisscom, Sunrise and UPC, Internet TV plans from providers like Zattoo, and Teleboy also include time shifting functions. Some TV plans do not include time shifting capabilities.

Most TV plans in Switzerland include either 30-hour or 7-day time shifting functions. The time shifting capabilities of Swiss mobile plans are clearly shown in the TV plan comparison.

You can find detailed information in the guide to using TV time shifting in Switzerland.

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