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How PC Satellite TV Services Work

PC Satellite TV OptionsYou might think from the term itself that this is somehow related to watching Satellite TV on a Windows PC and that a company like DirectTV is behind it all. But that’s not the case, no paid TV network is involved in any way, shape, or form.

These services are still relatively new but have been in existence for several years now. There are top brands out there and not very many good brands and that’s one of the major things you need to take into consideration.

Services like Satellite Direct, Stream Direct, Direct PCTV and others developed there own proprietary software that streamlines and organizes the delivery of thousands of worldwide channels to any Windows PC or Mac computer.

The software used isn’t a ‘standalone’ application. Meaning that it must rely on free media players and plugins such as Windows Media Player, Adobe Flash Player and Real Player in order to play channels on your computer. They also have special codecs in them that are needed to play different types of video and audio media files.

These services all seem to mirror one another and only a few of the top brands have separated themselves from the others. Something else that’s important to know is none of these online services own any of the free channels and other types of media delivered to you.

So what’s the point of it all and why use one of these applications when you can find your own programs to watch online? First understand there are free and paid PC Satellite TV products and they come with different names. But all of them perform basically the same way when delivering tons of free channels to you instantly.

The concept was to come up with a better way that allowed you to save time and effort searching for free programs to watch TV Online, and at the same eliminate having to go from one site to another to watch a certain type of content such as sports or sitcoms or movies.

Since no one website carries all channels and videos, using Internet TV software helps bring everything together, more or less, so that you can watch everything from one location.

These services use technology to scrap free content from the Internet that goes into a database and automatically update channels and other media inside the user’s TV player. The player organizes the channels in alphabetic order and places them in their respective countries.

What also helps users is saving channels to favorites. No longer is it required to search and find channels over the web to save on your computer and them view later. Instead, you stay within the player and can personalize it by adding your own favorite content to watch. Some of these players let you record the programs you are watching and update them as well.

There are other features such as play/pause, full screen, channel rating, etc., depending on which service you decide to go with. There are free and pay-to-download services available on the Internet but there’s a major difference to consider.

Free Satellite TV for PC services (or whatever name applies) often don’t provide as many perks. Don’t confuse this with sites like Hulu.com. Those media websites are not part of this group.

Providers own the content and stream channels and videos cross the Internet. They can also elect not to stream them any longer or make them available only at certain times intervals. Often at times, they create adverts that popup when watching a show but you can close the ads or wait until 20-30 seconds or so until the ad finishes. This is how providers make money from their free content.

When inside the player, you can point and click to a particular country to find live and on-demand channels to watch or elect to listen to radio. Other types of content include sports, videos, TV shows, sitcoms, episodes, news, and the list goes on.

Downloading software can help create an extra television for the house when using a desktop, or laptop to create a TV traveling companion. It’s easy enough that even the newest or newbies can do it. Once more, this is by far the easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to watch television over the web.

There’s no installing hardware, wiring to do and most rewarding of all is there are no subscription fees to pay. To say that this technology can replace Satellite and Cable is ludicrous to think so, but having the next best thing isn’t far from the truth.

The requirements needed to make this work is a computer with a broadband connection (Cable or DSL). As a reminder, higher the speed connection the greater the quality of the picture and performance overall.