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Struggling with your browser? Wondering how long you’ll have to watch a show? Or just want to know more about how it works?
Firstly, a wee note from us here at Soho Theatre. While our physical venue is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re currently not presenting live work on our stages or on tour. However, we are working hard (albeit with a much smaller team) to:
We ask that you are kind and patient when communicating with our small team and in return we’ll do our best to help you out, complete with a nice big, socially distant, digital Soho Theatre hug.
Finally, and importantly, thank you. By renting a show through Soho Theatre On Demand, you’re helping to support ours and the artists work.
Is Soho Theatre On Demand available in my country?
As of Friday 10 April 2020, we are now live outside of the UK and Ireland – which means you can access the site internationally. Hurrah!
If you have an international credit or debit card, such as a Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or American Express you (theoretically) should be able to rent our shows.
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The show is blocked in my country.
Worldwide, Internet Service Providers or some other body deems what is appropriate content to be viewed in your country. If you can’t access the site or the show due to this, this is an issue you’ll need to take up with your ISP company. We’re sorry you cannot watch our shows, but we thank you for wanting to support us.
Is there a subtitled/captioned version of my show?
There is currently a Collection of 13 subtitled/captioned versions of certain shows on the site, across comedy and theatre. These copies of the show has the subtitles/captions ‘burnt’ on to it, meaning this is the only copy of the show to offer them and they cannot be turned off. Please do not buy another version of the show as there will not be an option to turn on subtitles for them.
All of the shows have been produced in partnership with our amazing pals at Stagetext, who caption performances across the UK. As such, you’ll find these are fully captioned versions of the show for d/Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences, which means it includes descriptions of any sound effects and other audio elements that are integral to the show.
We are working on subtitling the rest of our programme for our d/Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing friends, or just those who like them, throughout 2020.
How do I pay for a show?
There are no subscription fees – you pay per show. For quick and easy rentals, at point of purchase you can save your card details to your account using our secure and fully compliant card storage function. If you prefer, you can elect not to save your details and instead enter them each time you pay.
All transactions are made on behalf of Stripe. For debit card payments, we accept Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express.
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I’m having issues paying for my film. What should I do?
Nine times out of ten, this is because an ad or pop-up blocker in the settings on your device is preventing you moving forward (sometimes these are on by default so you might not even know it was enabled. Try turning off the blocker temporarily while you register. Or try a different browser and see if you can register there (you can always come back to your preferred browser later on.)
There’s a couple of things that might be happening. First of all make sure you’re logging in to Soho Theatre On Demand and not the main Soho theatre ticketing system – this is the database for ticket buyers for our venue in London. You need to go here.
If the system is saying your email or username is incorrect there’s a chance that it may have gotten mistyped when you originally set up the account. If that’s the case, you’re never going to know what that could be, so best off emailing us for a manual password reset. at firstname.lastname@example.org
Which web browsers can I use to watch Soho Theatre On Demand?
In order to watch shows and trailers on Soho Theatre On Demand, your device will need to comply with the following minimum system requirements: • Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 8.1 • Edge and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 • Safari (from version 9.1 onwards) on Mac OS X 10.11 and above (El Capitan) • Mozilla Firefox (version 47 onwards) • Google Chrome (version 35 onwards).
Can I watch using my Smart TV?
Soho Theatre On Demand is not currently available on Smart TVs or Amazon Firesticks. If you try to play the show on one of these services, you’re likely to run into a series of problems including losing the picture or audio, seeing an error message or getting lengthy periods of buffering.
But I want to watch the show on my TV. How can I do that?
Soho Theatre On Demand is not currently available on Smart TVs or Amazon Firesticks. There’s a few workarounds that you can try but please NOTE: the stream you are watching is not created for display on a very large screen, so you might notice the HD quality is slightly reduced.
On a Mac, it is possible to play content on an external display when using a wired connection (HDMI) for both Safari and Chrome. This works as long as the HDMI connection allows HDCP to be detected.
Also on a Mac, it is possible to screen mirror or Airplay to an Apple TV using Chrome, but not using Safari currently, so please use Chrome instead. This works in both screen mirror and extend display modes.
On Windows you can likewise use an external display with a wired connection as long as the connection allows HDCP to be detected. Some wireless screen mirroring might work on some browsers too.
Why does the film keep Buffering?
We recommend a sustained broadband internet connection of at least 2Mbps. Please test your speed here.
If you’re attempting to screen mirror your content or watch it through a Smart TV, you might encounter additional buffering – please read ‘Can I watch using my Smart TV’ and ‘But I want to watch the show on my TV’ sections above.
If you’re on an iPhone, iPad or Android device, we recommend downloading our free app and using that as your player – it should be a much smoother stream and way to watch.
Please try the above first and if you still can’t watch the show you’ve rented on the device you’ve rented it from, please email us at email@example.com. We’ll do our best to troubleshoot it. Please let us know exactly what is happening – what device you are using and if you’ve tested your internet connection. We welcome screenshots in your email so we can see what is going on. Thank you for your kindness and patience in communicating with our (currently much smaller) team.
I’m seeing a DRM error or HLS error message. What do these mean?
These usually mean that the way you’re trying to watch the show is not supported by the device or browser you’re using. It may be you’re trying to transfer the show to a device that it doesn’t support (please read ‘Can I watch using my Smart TV’ and ‘But I want to watch the show on my TV’ sections above) or that your browser or device settings are configured in a way that’s preventing this.
If you can watch a show on the device that you bought it through, this means the stream is coming through fine, but there’s some configuration that is preventing you transferring the image elsewhere or causing it to glitch on the device. If you’re on a phone or tablet we recommend downloading our app – read ‘Do you have an Apple/Android app?’ below.
How long do I have to watch a show?
Once you have purchased your film you have 48 hours to watch it. You can stop, rewind, fast forward and re-watch as many times as you like. Fill you boots (editor’s note: no, we don’t understand what that means either).
Can I download a show and watch offline?
To watch our shows you need a constant internet connection. Our films are streamed via the internet, not downloaded to your device. Sorry pals, this means you cannot watch our shows offline.
Why can I hear the audio but can’t see the film on my computer?
This may be because your computer is connected to a second screen, monitor or device via an unsupported connection method. If you are trying to connect your computer to another screen or device by using a VGA connection please try either disconnecting this cable or opening up the film in Chrome or Firefox browser.
Do you have an Apple/Android app?
Our Apple and Android app is called Soho Theatre On Demand. Look out for the pink Soho Theatre On Demand logo in Apple app store and Google Play.
Please ensure your cookies are enabled. This means you can register an account, stay logged in as you browse away and, at peak times, should mean you don;t have to queue to go straight to your rented shows.
I (still) need help. Who do I contact?
Firstly, thank you for taking the time to check through our FAQ’s to see if you could resolve your issues.
Please now email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know exactly what issues or error messages you are receiving – screenshots are very welcome . We are now a much smaller team, so this inbox is only mannned 10am to 6pm BST Monday to Friday and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Don’t worry – if you can;t resume the issue before your show rental expires, we can extend that for you once you’ve got it working.
Thank you for your kindness and patience in communicating with our (currently much smaller) team.
Please take care,
from all of us at Soho Theatre