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Times have changed to the point where cable and satellite companies are now being challenged for viewers. According to recent studies, there are more computers in households and sales have climbed for smart phones, laptops and hand-held computers. Adding to this influx of technology spreading across the globe comes Internet TV which can be accessed through Internet-ready computers, TVs, and mobile devices.
Millions of people worldwide have already tapped into the World Wide Web to watch videos online and with the addition of popular television shows streaming over the web, gives new meaning to watching television — the unconventional way.
It’s not who can but rather who can’t enter the web to watch their favorite shows. It’s free and can be easily accessed through any device with an Internet connection – anytime, anywhere. Surfing the web to find sports, news, movies, sitcoms, including other live and on-demand content can be habit forming, as there is unlimited free media content available to all ages. In fact, there is more than enough entertainment to keep a person occupied for a very long time.
Not all content is easily found online. Some of the other issues include going from one website to another to watch a particular channel or show – the reason is no one site carries sports, movies, news, sitcoms, etc. So in essence, viewers are not able to stay in one location to watch everything.
Another issue… there is a wealth of worldwide streaming videos and FTA (free-to-air) channels including music and radio stations online that one must find on his/her own, and then save everything to their computer or device. This means creating specific folders (many of them) to store media website links to be retrieved for viewing later.
There is an easier and quicker way to do this. A way that allows the viewer to streamline and organize the power of Internet TV with the ability to gain access and watch favorite shows from one location. No only that but viewers can add whatever they like to favorites with a click of a button.
Internet TV software technology has grown in recent years to the point where people from all walks of life are downloading and installing software to their Windows PC, Mac and Linux computer. What makes this a popular choices is:
- No hardware, antenna, TV tuner card, wiring or additional software is required
- No monthly or hidden fees to pay
- Setup takes a couple of minutes to complete
- Small one-time fee with lifetime membership
- Service package included – tech support/software upgrades/channel updates
- Watch sports, movies, shows, news or listen to radio and music from one area
- Access to 1,000s of worldwide channels and over 80 countries
- Create an extra TV for home or traveling companion when on-the-go
What makes this technology appealing is the user saves time, effort, money where everything is made convenient so that they can watch more and surf the web less. Some of the top 3rd-party web-based TV/VOD services are Direct PCTV, IPCTV and PlayOn that can be used to set up this kind of system.
For individuals living with or without cable and satellite or want to save time and cost or simply like the idea of watching their favorite shows via computer or device, this is a way for them to tap into Internet TV without having to do most of the work themselves.
You 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.
Great Way to Watch Live TV Channels and VOD at Low-Cost
There is a Direct PCTV Review video that allows interested individuals watch over the shoulders, as the Web TV Guy reveals everything about a popular web-based TV/VOD service. In the video, he takes you through an introduction where you get to see the members area, features, layout, and see how 9,000+ TV channels and video-on-demand content from over 100 countries are conveniently organized.
The Direct PCTV members area navigation makes finding all kinds of live streaming TV channels and on-demand content very easy. There’s also a dedicated live sports section for those who simply love their sports. Streaming content is organized in the following way:
- Live TV
- Local TV
- Global TV
- Sports TV
- VOD Movies
- VOD TV Shows
A well thought out streamlining of tons of TV channels and on-demand content is what makes this web-based service and platform popular.
Then the Web TV Guy takes you through the other two videos where he plays many channels and on-demand content from different countries.
You can watch favorite TV channels and shows from many popular television networks. Direct PCTV direct-connects you to the content; they do not host any of the content on their website. There’s no work involved such as surfing online to find something to watch. There’s no visiting one website after another to watch sports or movie or TV show.
This service delivers everything to the user to watch from one area. In other words, tons of global streaming content is accessible from ones fingertips. If living without cable and satellite, this would be the next best thing. If contemplating on cutting cable or ditching the dish, this web-based service could be a good substitute, without the high cost.
Direct PCTV is a one-time payment, under $40, that lets you become a lifetime member. They offer a service package that includes tech support, platform upgrades, and channel updates. The savings are tremendous when comparing to paid television subscriptions.
However, this web-based TV/VOD service and platform will take a little time getting use too. This is not the same as watching TV on a couch with the TV remote in hand. The user will be confronted with popup ads, whereas they must close the small ‘x’ wherever they appear. There will be timer ads as well, whereas you can’t see the picture as the stream plays. Some live TV channels will have actual commercials.
It will take some patience getting use to these small issues. Nevertheless, you are trading the high cost of cable and satellite which includes convenience for low-cost of Internet TV. Direct PCTV is a 3rd party service, not affiliated with cable or satellite, that does it best to make the world of watching Internet TV easy.
Since the trade off is the small one-time fee that allows watching many popular TV channels found on cable/satellite, you might say it’s well worth it to make the switch. But rather try to convince anyone this web-based service is a must have, watching the video below will help better understanding the benefits.
You will discover many things about this web-based service when watching the video above. The Web TV Guy covers a lot of territory, so pay close attention. You may be convince this web-based platform and service is worth trying out.
3 Requirements Needed
- High Speed Internet Connection
- Device (computer (Windows, Mac, Linux) or Tablet, or Smartphone)
- Web browser for the device
If saving cost is number one on your list and want to watch TV channels and on-demand content that really interest you, then Direct PCTV is a no-brainer.
TV on Internet and Internet on TV: 4 Great Ways to Beat Cable TV
If you are one of the many people tired of being taken for granted when receiving lousy cable services and paying increasingly high subscription fees, perhaps it’s time for a change. Many subscribers have already cut cable and ditched the dish.
As a result, they are reaping high rewards when having the ability to choose what, how, when and where they want to watch favorite TV programs online. Not only that but control their costs as well which is the main reason why many are heading online to watch their favorite TV programs.
Many cable subscribers don’t realize many channels can be found online and totally free to watch. So if paying for free channels, channels you don’t watch and paying for them while away from home seem ridiculous, there are other options out there to explore – either free or low-cost.
Thank goodness times have changed and traditional television now has some competition, namely Internet TV, which is reshaping the television industry. We can now watch TV online channels and networks online including live and on-demand content, videos, sports, news, movies, and listen to radio and music from various sources. We can capture and watch the content on our Internet connected computers, tablets, mobile devices, media streaming devices, and large screen televisions .
Internet television is on the verge of exploding and a lot more is yet to come. More and more people, for whatever reason, are heading online to watch their favorite television programs – even at the cost of losing some of the traditional perks they grew up on. When becoming familiar with online TV, it grows on you. What really motivates TV viewers to give this medium a try are the available options, amount of money that can be saved, and entertainment.
Here are four popular methods and technologies that can be used to watch Internet on TV or TV on Internet:
1. Streaming Media Devices (Players/Sticks) – Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast are at the top of the popular list, with Roku 3 probably the best of the rest. These devices let you connect to major streaming services online such as Hulu and Netflix, as well as free streaming services. These devices come as set-top-boxes or sticks and offer many features that let you search a comprehensive catalog of content in various ways. They offer a very convenient way to access/watch your favorite TV shows, movies, and other content from the web. Chromecast, however, comes with its own web browser that allows you to surf the Internet and visit websites
2. Indoor HDTV Antenna – There are many indoor and outdoor antennas on the market today that allows you to watch local channels without cable or satellite. Setting up an indoor antenna is the easiest way and depending on the antenna, it can cover up to 35 miles or more. You can watch local broadcasts from TV stations in your area such as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and so on.
This method allows TV viewers to watch live broadcasts that many thought could only be viewed on cable and satellite. One thing that will become noticeable is the picture quality/reception will be better with an antenna than cable or satellite.
3. Internet-Ready TVs – Now that smart TV prices have dropped considerably over the years, they are more affordable. These televisions come with apps and Internet connection port that virtually allow you access the web and do the same things as streaming media devices, more or less, only you can get access to TV content both on/off the Internet. Some smart TVs come with a web browser such Google Chrome that allows you to surf the web and visit websites.
4. Working with What You Already Have – No doubt you already own an Internet connected computer, tablet, and/or mobile device, which allows you to access the web, visit websites, download stuff, etc. There are plenty of free and pay-to-use resources online to access many of your favorite TV shows/networks to watch sports, movies, news, and TV shows/episodes/sitcoms/soaps. Some of the popular sources are Amazon Prime Instant video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix. There are plenty of other web TV services to watch live and on-demand content online also. With a broadband Internet connection and one of the devices mentioned above, you have everything needed to watch streaming TV channels/videos online including listening to radio and music.
Lets explore #4 a bit further. What’s great about this approach is that you use what you are working with right now, which is an Internet connected device and broadband connection. You could choose Netflix and Hulu Plus as your source for movies and TV shows/episodes/sitcoms/soaps. Buy a HDTV indoor antenna to watch all local channels in your area. Then you could choose a 3rd party web-based TV service that lets you watch any sporting event you so desire (locally and internationally).
One such web-based service that includes all sports with movies, news, TV shows and music videos comes with an annual fee just under $40. If fact, they have over 60 different types of memberships (at different price sts) that consist of 3-day trials, 1.2.3 month subscriptions, and 1,2,3 year subscriptions.
When combining just the content services mentioned above, you can create a robust web TV entertainment system that: 1) Saves money; 2) Enjoy best of web TV entertainment; 3) Access to both free and pay-to-use media content online; 4) No additional hardware; 5) Use your Internet connected device.
Besides having all this great content to watch on your device, you can also watch everything on your small/large screen TV. This setup works better when using an Internet connected computer.
You can connect the computer and television via HDMI cable, set the TV input menu to the HDMI input where the computer is connected, and everything that appears on the computer now appears on your TV. You control everything on the computer, so whatever is playing (movie, news, sporting event, or TV show) it can be seen on your TV screen with audio included.
This approach is by far the easiest and great for those living on tight budgets or fixed incomes, and individuals who are not as tech or Internet savvy.
Caution – Don’t jump the gun just yet when opting to watch TV online. You need to check your Internet broadband connection speed. Netflix requires you to have at least 5 Mbps download speed. You may be able to get by with a little less but a problem could occur during peak hours (7 PM – 11 PM) when there are many people online using the same network you are on. (Network can be household, ISP network or both)
You could experience buffering and repeated stop/play issues. If that happens, it’s best to contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to see if there’s anything they can do to increase the connection speed or make it stronger, or you may have to pay an additional fee to increase the Internet connection speed. If household members are using the same network (same Internet connection), only one person may be able to watch TV online without those issues occurring as previously mentioned.
Get your Internet broadband speed up to par and you’ll be own your way to creating a robust web TV Online system on your device. You can watch TV online or offline with methods previously mentioned
and enjoy the best of web TV entertainment that others before you are enjoying.
Of course, you could consider downsizing cable or satellite when knowing what content you can get from the Internet. Any concerns about not being able to watch favorite TV episodes without paid television will not be a problem. There are all kinds of streaming services online with Hulu Plus being the most popular. On downside is waiting a day or so, after the episode airs, to watch it online.
The end result will be getting control over what you want, when and where you want to watch favorite television programs online.