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FREE THINGS ONLINE: Free TV not a myth

Monday, April 16, 2007

Free TV not a myth

Have you read your email lately? You can get anything from $1000 from Bill Gates to a free car from Honda just for forwarding email messages. As ridiculous as all of this sounds, many people believe them and pass the messages on. The result is that those of us who know better have to put up with receiving these things from our less astute friends.

Evaluating free stuff offers is pretty easy if you use a little common sense mixed with some knowledge and a bit of experience. Too good to be true, most offers that appear too good to be true usually are. Examine the motivation for the free offer. A free can shampoo makes sense because they are trying to sell shampoo. A free vacation is unlikely, unless there are large hidden charges attached. The lure of free stuff is a powerful marketing tool and is used to good effect by many savvy marketers. Fortunately not every free stuff is a hoax like what I will show you below.

TVUPlayer from This is a clean efficient and FREE video streaming software capable of streaming channels such as star sports,CBS,FOX,spiketv CCTV, Scifi channel , Nickelodeon etc. The application allows stream redistribution to other users watching the same channel. The service is based on a number of patent-pending technologies, covering high-quality video coding, efficient real-time P2P distribution, and effective digital rights management. The more users watch the channel been streamed the better quality streaming quality you will get.

The sad thing is the application doesn't come loaded a lot of channels to choose from but those that it does have are pretty good quality and stream really well. When you start playing the channels may take a few seconds up to minutes this entirely depends on your broadband connection speed. The interface is absolutely simple. It literally took me a few seconds to get it to work. I currently only have a 1.5 mb connection Which is shared with four other PCs/laptop on a home network and it worked just fine even though all the PCs were online at once. If your using Norton AntiVirus 2005 it may keep complaining about Internet worm protection this is caused due to TVUplayer incoming connection which Norton treats as unauthorized worm activity. A notorn anti-virus dialog will keep popping up until you permit the incoming connection from specified UDP port. But this may become annoying. To get rid of this click on options, navigate to internet worm protection uncheck the internet worm protection checkbox.

Another minor problem I noticed is due to channels been broadcast by individuals who already have access to the TV station, there is always a chance that a channels may appear and disappear when that person decides to stop broadcasting.

I also took a while to figure out where the full screen mode was, don’t be fooled its right in front of you. To the right hand side of the volume control, you can click view full button this should bring up the full screen mode. Take not the image gets a bit pixilated. Best viewing is in medium size view.

Overal TUVPlayer has a variety of sport channels. Thos I didn’t see a lot of where movie channels. FOX, Nickelodeon have probably the best streaming quality so far. With an average broadband connection 512kbps you can stream without any jerky of video stream provided your network line is free.

Other languages such as French are available for viewing too. Not sure how long it will last in terms of legal issues. For those of you skeptical TVUplayer does not contain any form of malware.

TVU networks has a broadcasting application free for download.

The application allows anyone with a PC (Windows or Linux) and a broadband internet connection to create their own TV channel. To become a broadcaster, you’ll need a PC running Windows (2000, XP, or 2003 Server; with IE 6.0) or Linux, and a broadband Internet connection. You’ll need to download the TVU Broadcast application, and fill out an application for your channel. In this process, you’ll create a broadcaster account (ID/password), and TVU will assign you a Channel ID. You’ll probably also need a piece of add-on hardware to get video into your PC, and a third-party media encoder program. More information regarding this can be found at

Download TVUPlayer here

View TVGuide here

Hate tv advertisements but you have no choice but to endure the constant gruelling pauses after every 10mins or less. Well this you can watch some of your favourite TV episodes online without having to download them Check out or


Thought would I would dig up some old posts and update them with more up to date content. Here are some nice links to more websites

1. FreeTube (completely free alternative to cable television that lets you watch tv channels and TV shows online using just your browser.)

2. Hiveproductions (lists shoutcast tv streams.)

3. Tape it of the Internet (Over 2,000+ TV shows or 90,000+ episodes, including all the big shows like Lost, Prison Break, etc)

4. Streamic (More then 300 real TV channels to choose from including NBC, ABC, ESPN, BBC1 and many more, organized in categories and ranked by the site users)



At February 13, 2007 at 5:56 PM , Blogger Yogendran said...

Thank you man..I've been looking all over the net for a application like this.. Now, I can kill my time by watching some live shows over the net..Thanks man...

At July 19, 2007 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice article, freetube works well


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