Can You Really Watch TV Channels Online Without Cable Or Satellite?

Everyone has their favorite television shows that they hate to miss, but sometimes getting to the television in time for them is just impossible. If a DVR is not in the budget, there are ways for people to watch their favorite shows online. It is simple to watch new episodes of some of the best shows on television shortly after they air at on TV.

If someone has a specific show that they would like to watch, they should try checking the website of the network that airs the show. Many network websites offer free streaming of full episodes so that everyone can see their favorite programs. The episodes are usually available online in their entirety just one day after they come on television for the general public.

There are also many websites that offer live streaming of a variety of shows. The most popular of these sites is Hulu, which offers full episodes of popular shows as well as popular clips and trailers for upcoming films. Users can even sign up for Hulu plus in order to have access to the Hulu library on their home television or their compatible mobile device.

Before someone can begin enjoying their favorite television shows from their computer, they need to make sure that they have all of the proper software upgrades. Programs such as Flash video are constantly coming out with newer versions. If someone does not have the most recent version of the software they need, their video will be very slow or will not come in at all.

If someone cannot be at the television when their favorite show comes on, they still have options for watching it within the day. There are many websites online that offer free live streaming of television shows just a day after they come on television. Some even offer options for playing the videos on a television or smart phone, so they can truly be enjoyed anywhere.

The Problem For Broadcast TV

Television is now following a similar evolution, albeit in a roundabout fashion. Broadcast TV started out as free to its viewers. With just a few channels in any given broadcasting area, advertising rates were high and very profitable. But then Cable TV, and later Satellite Dish TV, arrived with dozens of channels being made available to the average viewer. This caused advertising rates per viewer to start falling like phone rates.

This presented a problem for Broadcast TV since their economic model did not let them compete well against Cable TV or Satellite Dish TV who charged monthly viewer fees. At first, viewers were willing to pay these monthly fees since they could get 10 times more channels than Broadcast TV could supply.

Revenge Of Broadcast TV

Now as if in some kind of ironic twist of justice, TV broadcast stations are finding a way to profit with low advertising rates and not charge their viewers any monthly fees by putting their shows and commercials on Internet TV. This works for a couple of reasons. First, they now have a worldwide audience for their shows (and commercials). And last but not least, their viewers tend to be much more highly targeted. For example, science fiction fans can watch from 5 to 10 previous episodes of their favorite shows on the Sci-Fi channel (SyFy.com) website for free in HD.

Viewers benefit by Internet TV in two ways. First, viewers now have access to literally thousands of channels worldwide — more than Cable TV and Satellite Dish TV combined. And, all channels are FTA (Free-To-Air) which do not charge any fees whatsoever to watch them. In the past, you could only access FTA channels with your own Satellite Dish setup, which cost thousands of dollars, and required you to know how to set it up and point it at the right satellites. Internet TV is totally different.

Internet TV Is Getting Popular

In April 2010, it was reported by TechCrunch.com that over 800,000 households have already dropped their cable and satellite subscriptions in favor of Internet TV. They also forecast that number to increase to 1.6 million people soon. For the complete story, search for “800,000 Households” at the TechCrunch.com web site.

Internet TV is still in its infancy, and currently requires a computer to access it. This was also true of Internet phone calls using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) in the beginning as well. When handsets became available that integrated VoIP hardware and software directly into the handset, computers were no longer needed to make a VoIP phone call. So it is probably only a matter of time before our digital LCD and Plasma TV sets get direct Internet connectivity as well, and we will be able to watch our favorite Internet TV shows on them directly.

Getting Rid Of The Monthly Fees

With the current sluggish economy, people are looking for any way to get rid of their Cable TV and Satellite Dish TV monthly fees that just seem to keep increasing like health care premiums. Internet TV is fulfilling that demand, and with just a converter box and cable you can watch and hear it directly on your digital LCD or Plasma TV right now.

If you are interested in getting rid of your monthly cable and satellite bills, and being on the leading edge of technology, you can click the image below to read on How To Watch TV Shows Online.

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How Does Internet TV Work

Internet television offers a new way of receiving videos that uses very different technology to older forms of transmission such as broadcast, cable and satellite TV. It is a versatile form that can be used on a wide range of devices in addition to conventional televisions. It offers a lot of control over what, how and when you watch, but it can also be used to create a very similar experience to conventional TV viewing.

Internet TV works in the same way, however, it is being viewed. It begins with the conversion of videos into a suitable format for online transmission. This is done through a process known as encoding, which is achieved using special software components called codecs. The resulting digital files can easily be broken into packets of data that can be sent over the internet.

Once encoded, the video is placed on a server, from where internet users will be able to access and view it. They may do this through an internet browser, a special piece of software designed for watching Internet television, or a digital Internet TV box connected to a television. Servers can be configured to control the ways in which the video can be accessed.

When someone watches a video, it will be sent to them over the internet from the server in small chunks or packets of data that have been labeled with the recipient’s IP address and encoded with the necessary identifying information. The computer, mobile device or television on which the content is to be viewed receives the data packets and decodes them using the encoded identifying information to understand the file. The digital file is then converted into a watch able video using the appropriate codecs, and the video appears on the screen. In some cases, functions such as pause, rewind and fast forwards can be used to control the viewing experience, although the exact tools that are available depend upon the type of internet TV that is being watched.

A huge variety of videos are available online. It is possible to access conventional television stations, independent productions. There are live broadcasts as well as on demand, pre-recorded videos online, and you can even purchase online movies or TV program rentals or access television programs that you have missed on your normal TV. Some videos can be viewed free, while others are available on a subscription or pay per view basis. Some videos can only be viewed within certain countries.

Internet television is made possible by high-speed internet connections, so if you have a slow or dial-up connection watching videos online can be near impossible. As high-speed internet coverage spreads and online video content becomes more easily available, it has been suggested that the future of television may lie online. The versatility, superior control and variety of material available online are all important advantages that are likely to make internet TV increasingly popular in the future.

How To Watch Satellite TV On Computer Through Internet

It should not come as a surprise to those interested to watch satellite TV on computers that there are already millions doing so. Billions of video streams are watched every single day and people are getting used to watching entertainment media using their PCs online. Basically, the easiest way around it is to power up your computer with a special satellite TV software. We will find out more in this article about this unique software that can enable you to watch satellite TV on computer through the internet and how it compares with the services you are using today.

The software can be downloaded from retailers online and installed quickly. There are clear instruction manuals that take you through a step-by-step approach. Even the most technically challenged can install software in a few steps. The usage is simple since the navigation is user-friendly. Once you are done with the installation, you can instantly check out the TV channels they offer and find the desired TV program you can watch.

If you have been a satellite TV subscriber for the longest time, you would be glad that there are no monthly costs involved at all. The only cost ever is the one time payment for the software which works out to less than $50 for most software versions and brands. When new programs are added, you also need not top up or pay anything extra. These are all included in the software package.

Since the software is receiving free to air TV feeds from FTA TV stations, the TV channels you can watch on computer are entirely free. A quick comparison between satellite and cable TV versus PC satellite TV would reveal that you are catching maybe 700 channels at max with the monthly services but getting access to over 2000 TV channels along with 1000+ radio stations with the software. This is the one main reason why people love to use the PC satellite TV software.

Other than the software, you do not need extra equipment or hardware, just a good internet connection will do, be it broadband or dial up. Ideally, you should use broadband for faster speeds of TV feed transmission. You also need to have Macromedia Flash and Windows Media Player installed before you can watch satellite TV on computer.

The software has an intelligent user interface that makes it a breeze to use to search and find TV shows to watch. Once you watched it, click to save the TV channel so that you can come back another day to watch. The whole process is as hassle-free as it can get.

Looking at the software side by side with monthly TV services, it outshines services in terms of affordability, the number of TV channels available and the userability. This probably is the reason why more TV viewers, especially the younger folks now watch TV in this way. Learn more about this new technology and how you can make use of PC satellite TV software to watch satellite TV on computer at home from my TV blog.

 

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