The Internet is fast becoming the touch point for almost every type of entertainment device, just think back 5 years and imagine been told that your Sky TV, mobile phone, computer and even fridge would be connected to the web and that, to get the most out of them, you would need this connection! People use Skype to talk online internationally because it is cheaper than using a normal phone and in that same fashion more and more people are watching TV through their PC.
In order to watch tV through your PC you really have two options, either in the browser window or using some specialist software, as watching in the browser could be described as problematic at best most people tend to employ the services of some kind of streaming software.
Like software choices, you need to research which is the best option for you taking into account your individual viewing needs. Do you want to watch a specific channel or a specific type of programming, for example if you are wanting to watch BBC online you might be better off just turning to i-player rather than investing in software, however, if you are more interested in watching basketball season then you might be better off to just buy an NBA online pass. The complexity comes where you are wanting a selection of streams and do not want the restrictions of, for example, the NBA pass where you might want to watch a film online and then flick over to watch the English Premier league!
Basically, if you want to watch a selection of things you really need to grips with the packages out there and the options available on them. Internet TV software that allows streaming of movies, sports and live TV exists but there are quite a few points for consideration, there is not really a sinlge “best piece of Internet TV software“, some things to consider:
- The free software is unreliable and crippled with adverts
- Paid software might mean an upfront cost and then a monthly fee
- The quality of some streams is unbearable
- You might want to watch the stream on your TV even though it comes into your PC
- The adverts on some solutions can be really intrusive and could even contain spyware.