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Free Online TV

This week the number one download on ZDNet is Free Online TV Player 2.0.0.8.

The Internet is awash in video content, both the kind that originates on TV and the kind only intended for online viewing. The amount of content available on the Web makes the hundreds of cable TV channels we’ve all come to expect look like a drop in the entertainment bucket. Free Online TV Player is an easy way to access streaming video in a variety of genres from around the world.”

Which doesn’t really surprise me – “free” and “TV” and “online” all being rather popular words. String them together and you have a winner, surely.

I am not a fan of TV (IMHO, it rots your brain) but I went ahead and downloaded this program anyway, so I could test it out for my readers. Since it says I can view channels from around the world, maybe I would find some show worthy of my time and attention?

Publisher’s description:
Free Online TV Player uses proprietary technology that took us over one full year to develop. Our technology locates and plays over 750+ free online TV channels right over the Internet. You get live TV broadcasts daily from around the world. No TV card or hardware to install. Just live TV streamed directly to your PC via your Internet connection.

I found that it is true that there is a huge selection of channels to choose from, and out of the 6 that I tried, 5 didn’t work and one (the SciFi Channel) showed me a commercial that I could not skip, mute, or fast-forward through. While I liked the large selection of channels, and the ability to sort through the multitude easily (by sorting them into categories.. such as genre), I do have an odd quirk, I want to see the listing by shows, not by channels, and telling me what’s-playing-right-now would be good, too.

Now I admit that my very quick testing and poking around is hardly a fair assessment. I found it installed quickly, and uninstalled smoothly and properly. Small and lightweight, it looks sharp and the menu is easy to figure out. Popular channels are listed, as well as obscure titles. C/Net’s Editors give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, and as I said, it’s this week’s top download, so.. here you go: Free Online TV Player 2.0.0.8.

If someone is looking for an easy online TV viewing solution, this one is very good.” — Rick Robinette, What’s On My PC..

(Might be a great app for travelers and other road warriors… help pass the time waiting for the plane/train to board..!)

Related download: XBMC

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April 16, 2010 - Posted by | computers, dtv, Internet, PC, software | , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. TechPaul,

    Thanks for sharing this… Downloading it now to check it out. I enjoy trying out the online TV programs… Online TV has a ways to go yet, but it is neat to watch some of the old shows, etc…

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | April 16, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I was quite impressed with the choices available. I hope you will report back how you find it.

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      Comment by techpaul | April 16, 2010 | Reply

  2. TechPaul,

    If someone is looking for an easy online TV viewing solution, this one is very good. I was impressed with the clarity of most programs I played around with. Thanks for sharing this with us.

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | April 18, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      Thank you for this. I took a snippet and added it to the article (and provided a link to your wonderful website, WhatsOnMyPC).

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      Comment by techpaul | April 18, 2010 | Reply

  3. my tv has a show room screen on it no buttons work to tae off what do I do? olevia tv hd

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    Comment by jax | February 2, 2014 | Reply

    • jax,
      I’m afraid I really have no idea what you are asking me (or even why you are asking me), but I will suggest to you that the answers to questions such as these are usually found in the owner’s manual, or the manufacturer’s support/FAQ website pages.

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      Comment by techpaul | February 2, 2014 | Reply


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