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A new service has been launched to help TV viewers compare the cost of streaming or downloading shows from providers such as LOVEFiLM, iTunes, NOW TV and blinkbox.

Start-up company Tank Top TV has launched a web-based directory containing 73,000 television episodes, in a bid to change the way viewers discover and access content.

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The database includes US blockbusters such as 'Breaking Bad', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Homeland' plus classics such as 'The West Wing' and 'The Sopranos'.

Plenty of British favourites - including 'Luther', 'Sherlock' and 'I'm Alan Partridge' - are also present in the directory.

After clicking on a chosen programme, users are shown which services - including the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5 and Sky On Demand - have it available.

Tank Top TV Chief Executive and co-founder Liz Rice said today's TV viewers "no longer need to make an appointment to watch shows at a particular time".

"But with such a wealth of online entertainment on offer, it can be a real chore to find something to view," she commented.

“Our free listings offer a clear choice of TV favourites, hidden gems people may have missed and currently popular shows. They can either be viewed immediately or added to a watch list for later."

Ms Rice said the directory can save people money because they can instantly see how much each episode or a full box set costs on the different services, giving them a chance to access the cheapest option.

“And if they’re not members of the one featuring the show they want, they can click a link to sign up and tune in within minutes," she added.

On the Tank Top TV listings page, users can search a number of different categories - including Action, Children’s, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller.

The company already offers a similar service for films, which conducts searches across 22 different platforms including EE Film Store, KnowHow, Film4oD and Virgin Online Movies.

"While other websites offer a lot of information about the content of TV episodes and movies, we are ensuring hundreds of thousands of hours of content is now truly discoverable," Ms Rice added.


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