Searching for TV software to watch news, sports, TV shows, movies, and other types of content online is easy to find these days. But getting the best of web TV entertainment from these products will not be as easy. Theres the compatibility issue to factor in that will eliminate finding a good software for a device. There are plenty of freeware out there for those who want to go that route, and there are some low-cost software downloads out there as well.
Unfortunately, Mac and Linux computers always seem to be left out for the most part. Unless you use a software that can run windows applications on Mac and Linux computers, you are one of the unfortunate ones to have less choices. Then again, this mishap could change as more software developers try to meet the demands of Mac and Linux users.
How I got familiar with these types of software products was through an email I received years ago. It talked about a software called Satellite TV for PC Elite, whereas SatelliteSoft offered three versions with x number of channels each, at different price sets Pro, Elite, and Titanium. I purchased the popular Elite software download and this is how my introduction to Internet TV began. A lot has changed since then, and for the most part I longer use software to watch my favorites online.
However, there are many online TV viewers still using streaming software to watch TV online. Newcomers are looking to get in on this way of watching TV online. Rather than go through the pros and cons to using 3rd party software versus 3rd party web-based TV/VOD services, well stick with the popular software out there.
* Heres a list with few freeware to review
* Readon TV Movie Radio Player
* PlayOn (can upgrade to Plus version)
There are many software websites to visit that have many TV Software downloads. But many have limitations and little to no support.
Some 3rd party services have a free download that can be upgraded to a pay-to-use version. PlayOn TV is one of those products, which is an aggregator service that brings free and subscription-based content to one place. You can watch everything through this software with access to free and pay-to-watch content. However, a fee is required if wanting to watch live premium TV channels from popular TV networks (subscription-based).
If limited to using an old device, live outside the US, living on a tight budget, slow Internet connection, then perhaps these software products are best to use. However, they are not the only option. Theres plenty of free and low-cost pay-to-use web-based services online that dont require downloading software.
But if TV software is your only option for some reason, then starting with the software listed above is a good start. Next, you can surf the web for free steaming tv software or search something similar that has the words free and tv.
The reason why I gave up on TV software was a lack of entertaining content, software complications, and many services going out of business due to customer complaints. They are not good enough for my liking, with exception to PlayOn. Of course, there are other software downloads out there that may be good enough. But the question that should be asked before downloading anything is what do you want to watch online. If its live TV channels and live sports, dont expect to find much from a freeware download if any at all.
Live TV is something most people want to watch online, not just on-demand content. Software can deliver some of that live, but youll be hard pressed to find any that delivers the best of web TV entertainment. This is the reason why Im sticking with web-based TV/VOD websites and services.
Still, a good streaming TV software may be satisfactory when during your due diligence to compare all of them to find the best one.