5 Best Applications to Watch Free Live TV on Your PC

January 23rd, 2008 by Daniel Craig Leave a reply »

There must have been one time or another, when you have moved to a faraway city or to a different country all together and you are deprived of your favorite TV channels and your favorite TV shows. Or if you travel a lot, then again you will be missing your favorite TV channels like Star Sports, ESPN, CCTV5, SHTV, Fox, ABC, CBS, GolTV, NBA TV and many more. Luckily, there are several nice P2P(peer-to-peer) software that let you watch live TV on your pc for free!

I am compiling a list of the 5 best applications that let you watch free live TV on your pc. I will be posting the distinctive features of each player as well, so that will help you to decide which one best fits your needs. If you need any help then contact me by commenting here or by using the contact page(link at top).

1. TVU Player

tvuplayer-thumbnail.jpgTVU Player is my favorite out of all the applications because it is a no-hassle program which is backed up with great channels that you can enjoy at rather good quality. The player uses p2p to broadcast the channels so if more users are watching a certain channel then it will work very nicely. Even I had no problems with the buffering, and I have a slow internet connection(384k). Some of the more notable channels are Star Gamers TV, Sci fi Channel, CBS, Bloomberg, NASA TV, Fox News, Spike TV, ABC7 News, Fox News, CCTV5, SHTV, Star Sports, GolTV and many more! You will surely find something that you like there. From their site: “In the first year of service, the TVUPlayer has already been downloaded over 7 million times.” I highly recommend this to all users who wish to watch tv on their pc.

2. Sopcast

sopcast-thumbnail.jpgMy second most favorite player, and sometimes even my first choice due to the great list of channels that it has. It also uses peer-to-peer technology to broadcast. So just like TVU, you will get awesome quality if more users are connected to a given channel. One of its main advantage is that it has a very fast buffering system(unlike TVU). Also, it has a very nice list of tv channels from all the different categories like sports, news, comedy, cartoons, movies, etc. Another great distinctive feature to the sopcast player is the VOD(Video on Demand) function, meaning you can select from a range of different movies and shows and it will play them from the very first minute!

3. JLC Internet TV

jlcinternettv-thumbnail.jpgJLC Internet TV has a huge database of channels(2000+) but as you would expect, not all these channels work. But to counter that, the program has a built in rating system. Users are able to submit, rate and flag channels. And with this new flagging and rating system you’ll easily be able to see which channels work and which don’t. Raymond from Raymond.cc has written a good article on JLC Internet TV.

4. TVAnts

tvants-thumbnail.jpgAlthough I don’t use it often myself, TVAnts is a good option to watch tv. It mainly consists of asian channels though. Some of the channels that you will find on TVAnts include: BBC world, Espn, Al-jazeera, Star sports, Discovery channel, National Geographic channel, Truesports, Guandong, SHTV, CCTV5, Eurosport, Eurosport 2, CableSoccer, CableSports and more. For a basic user guide for TVAnts, click here. The TVAnts website is not in english so to download the program, click here. The program however is 100% in english.
5. TVKoo

tvkoo-thumbnail.jpgTVKoo contains a lot of nice channels. NBA TV is one of them. I primarily use it for that but there are also many other chanels as well for movies, cartoons, tv series, and sports. The loading is fast, the streaming is very nice as well.

Although there are many more programs that let you watch tv on your pc like CoolStreaming, PPStream, AnyTV, PPLive and more but they are sometimes not in english and for the most part, will have the same content as the above mentioned programs.

Also, if you enjoy sports then I will also suggest MyP2P to you. It is a site that has a very nice schedule for sports related streams and links to streams. It also has a very active community that you can be a part of.

Comment posted by Weasle
at 1/26/2008 6:44:43 PM

It seems to me that every time I download one of these programs that advertise all these great channels they turn out to be 12 American channels and 1000 channels with worthless programs and languages i don’t know

Comment posted by Mathias
at 1/26/2008 6:40:06 PM

Nice list of programs to watch TV. I didn’t know there were that many. Installing a couple at the moment :)

Comment posted by Jacob Share
at 2/3/2008 1:12:41 PM

I’m surprised that you didn’t mention Miro

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Comment posted by Freaksword
at 1/31/2008 12:32:15 PM

Nice List, I’ll be downloading a few of these to try out myself now.

@Weasle, So that would be 1012 channel’s of worthless program’s then ^_^

Comment posted by avinash2585337
at 1/31/2008 7:44:15 PM

Great, Best application I have seen. I give it a try.

Comment posted by Vide brander
at 1/31/2008 7:48:12 PM

I like second one, great applicatioin. Must try for everyone

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Comment posted by Chris Nystrom
at 2/7/2008 8:16:24 AM

What operating system do these programs work on? Do the work on linux?

How about non-live TV? Say I want to watch Hogan’s Heroes?

Comment posted by Fahad
at 2/7/2008 1:39:58 PM

@Chris
Sopcast has a version for linux so you can try that out. I didn’t see a linux version for TVU or JLC though.

Also, if you want to watch a certain show, then you will need to find the channel its on and at what time. It is not available on demand, as you are asking.

@Jacob
I have never heard about Miro before. I am only hearing it from you right now. I will give it a try to see if its good. Thanks for recommending.

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24 comments

  1. There are also some online alternatives. Just do a search for “watch *channel name here* online”.

  2. Tool Belt says:

    I had not actually heard of a lot of these. Problem is a lot of the channels are rubbish. So it will be interesting to check these ones out. Thanks.

  3. safir says:

    some problem …plz help me

  4. Mark says:

    I have used three of these application Sopcast and TVU are excellent, however I could not get TV Ants to work at all.

  5. TechnoSamrat says:

    I use Miro and it is a free application for windows and Linux

  6. matheus says:

    valeu, adorei o TVU Player e o tvkoo para ver os jogos da NBA que eu não vejo a muito tempo.

  7. Rahí says:

    eu queria saber se algum deles tem o canal traduzido já quando é internacional, em específico procuro só nickelodeon e so testei o primeiro da lista, q tem so q em ingles q é a língua original, gostei muito so que nao entendo muito. obrigado

  8. rodrigo rodriguez says:

    necesito ver tv peliculas de america continenta , europa y australia y de los paises del caribe, tengo informacion del buen servicios y trabajo que uds ,logran , en especial noticias traducidos al espanol o el ingles, tambien el deporte con pelotas como el baseball volyball y otros

  9. feriyadi says:

    thank you so much…

  10. Ray Phillips says:

    Great looking Blog! Found it through Bing. Just as an FYI, it didnt display right when I opened it in the Opera Interet Browser.

  11. Matheen says:

    This is the short cut way to get all the details on mobile and we have fentastic options in that to brows all

  12. DAVID says:

    hi buddy,

    the problem is that the program by this softwares is days late, for instance, your are now watching programe taht was brodcasted 2 days ago in taht country.

    what is the solution?

    Thanks
    David

  13. yty says:

    are channels inbuilt in this player or we have to download it separately…?

  14. Badsha says:

    I want watch live tv online

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