You can consider *on tv* a fixed phrase. Something is *on tv* if it's playing on a channel somewhere, and you can tune into it. In this case it would imply watching it through broadcast or cable TV as opposed to playing a DVD. *X through Y* means in some sense, you have to "pass through Y" to get to X, or that Y is some type of "gateway" to X. So the meaning is "Y will enable you to do X if you use Y." If Y is a person, it means you have to talk to him/her to get or see X. It's very well known that you can use a TV to watch things, so *watch a film through TV* sounds very awkward like you are stating something very obvious. If the X in "You can watch X through TV" was something you don't normally use a TV to see, then it would make sense. For example: > I have a security camera. You can watch the outside through the TV. ---- ---- Yep, I goofed. There is a difference between *on tv* and *on the tv*. *On TV* is short for "available on a channel broadcasted by a TV station where you can watch it using a TV if you tune in to the right channel." *On the TV* means "on a physical TV set." It *can* mean the same as the above but only rarely and it comes off as old-fashioned (more than broadcast TV is already). Here's an updated example that takes these nuances into account: > There are nature shows on PBS. Tune into them, and you can experience nature through TV.