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Tv On Pc (via Internet) - Any Good?

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Hi there,

in the past few weeks I have had a lot of enquiries from friends and relatives about this 'watch TV from all over the world on your PC over the Internet' .... I have visited several sites.... including Direct TV Networks , TV on PC Elite , and Satellite TV on PC .

In none of the sites above I could find any free trial or good screenshots of what to find... Neither did I find any credible reviews of the best sites, quality of the broadcast, image size, ease of use, etc.... the only site I found with a 'review of sorts' was Site Review Authority - However it does sound more like an informatial then an actual review ....

the question is - Has anyone here on the forum tried any of these services AND are they any good? would you recommend them?

thanks in advance for your feedback,

Regards,

Marcelo

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There is a FREE software to access some world wide TV channels, the program can be found at http://www.tvunetworks.com/.

The quality is not perfect, as these channels are being broadcasted by individuals and depends on there speed that they are using.

The current channels are:

Star Sports

CCTV-5 (Sports)

FOX

CBS

HunanTV

ONTOP TV (Music)

Xin Zhi

Class News (Italy)

DW TV (German)

Bloomberg

NASA TV

Fox News

Phoenix Info

StarTV

Phoenix CN

CTITV

CTI News

Hollywood Movie

East TV

CCTV 8

CCTV 1

CCTV 4

HuaYu

Channel V

Comedy Central

The Beauty TV Network

Traffic in Shanghai

Bay Area 101 Northbound

"HITZ" Radio

Nickelodeon

O-TSN SPORTS

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Salemhill TV

Freedom Channel

LAKERS VS Bobcats LIVE

ChicagoVision

These channels change all the time and sometimes do not work, so they are not that reliable.

I have not checked the other sites that offer TV via the internet, so cannot comment on them.

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What about the eBay adverts like this

Seems too good to be true?

Considering that eBay Seller hasn't sold so much as a burnt sausage, I'd be staying well clear! :blink:

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TVU has been hamstrung by the cable cuts off Taiwan, caused by the earthquakes this week. It'll probably be 2-3 weeks before TVU works properly again like it did before.

Right now, the player is apparantly unable to connect to the Shanghai-based server to refresh the channel list. This means the list is either out of date or non-existent.

When it works tho, it's not bad. Other players like TVants and Sopcast are also ok, although they don't carry the big US networks as TVU does.

Having said that, ABC (US) disapeared from their offering a few weeks back, and I suspect NBC has gone the same way, as it disappeared a day or two before the earthquakes. The people previously streaming NHL channels got an email from the NHL's lawyers asking them to stop streaming their channels or face legal action.

I suspect once the major US channels all disappear, interest in these internet TV clients will wane considerably.

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Better than the above, DSL required:-

www.channelchooser.com

Thanks Keepleft, looks interesting. Watched a few minutes of BBC news, but it was streaming at 200kbps+ and I've just about used up my 20 gig peak-hour quota for this month. PQ was poor, but it was WS.

I've bookmarked it and will have another play after 11pm when offpeak kicks in (no limit)

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Better than the above, DSL required:-

www.channelchooser.com

Had another quick look, yes, seems like there's quite a variety of interesting stuff.

In my previous reply I mentioned 200kbps. That was a slow one. Other programs came in much faster, with better PQ. eg. freetv UK @ 1200 kbps and America One @ 750 kbps.

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Just a general comment - those Satelite TV on PC software packages are usually just search engines that link to free tv sites already available on the web. I was looking at them and it took me a while to work this out because all you find on the web about them are fake testimonials and dodgy reviews.

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Yeah, some of the sites selling "Satellite TV for PC" actually include a disclaimer stating that you are purchasing "information" about how to watch free TV.... i.e. you are paying for links to free streams and links to free software, which you could have found anywhere had you only taken the trouble to look.

Quite funny on the forums for TVU player at viidoo.com - every now and then somone posts "I paid $50 for this program and they promised me 2000 channels..." until someone invariably points out that the software is free and they got duped.

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Yeah, some of the sites selling "Satellite TV for PC" ............. you are paying for links to free streams and links to free software...........

Hi Timmy,

I only looked at 'channelchooser', and only tried a few links there. None of those that I tried asked me to register or pay to view.

I'd never tried searching for overseas TV before, and I'm sure there are much better links to be found with specific google searches. However as an introduction to this field the site is useful I think, just to give an idea of the possibilities. When I have some spare time I will investigate further, and find some free to view channels with good PQ.

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Hi Timmy,

I only looked at 'channelchooser', and only tried a few links there. None of those that I tried asked me to register or pay to view.

I was referring to the shysters who advertise on Ebay and Google Ads selling "Free Satellite TV on your PC" then provide the gullible buyers with freely available links like channelchooser and links to free software like TVUplayer, TVants and Sopcast.

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