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Get potentially any TV channel on the Internet

by Owyn / October 19, 2006 8:06 AM PDT

"Using a new peer to peer technology you can potentially get any channel broadcast on the internet for free. The new controversial TVUPlayer could be the TV studio ?s biggest enemy since Napster! Channels already being broadcast on the net without permission include CBS, ESPN, NBA TV, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Comedy Central, Disney and more"

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has anyone tried this? is this legit?
by robstak / October 19, 2006 11:12 AM PDT
In reply to: More Info

just curious... cuz ya know... my friend... he wanted to know about... it...

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I tried it
by Owyn / October 19, 2006 11:58 AM PDT

Tested latest stable release (2.2.0) on WinCP SP2 with 5mbps DSL connection.

It works but quality really varies depending on "signal strength" of channel. Player needs a video preference control (Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue) in addition to Audio Mute and Volume controls.

Funky list of available channels, partly because the service is based in Shanghai.

Is is legal? DIIK, but guess they will have problems in some jurisdictions. They advertise themselves as an "Internet Cable TV" company.

Usefull if you want to watch live TV and have at least medium speed data connection. I expect minimum download speed to use this reliably is probably 512kbps.

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Couple of other notes
by Owyn / October 19, 2006 12:07 PM PDT

The player needs to be unblocked in your firewall.

The player leaves a tray control. Exiting the player window does not exit the player. You have to right click and select exit from the tray control.

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(NT) (NT) ty
by robstak / October 19, 2006 11:20 PM PDT
In reply to: Couple of other notes
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FreeTube and TVU
by bozeman / October 20, 2006 3:58 AM PDT

I have them both running at home, just to see what they can do. TVU is pretty nice, it has its own standalone player and looks good full screen. They both do actually. TVU seems more mainstream, NBC, CBS ABC, maybe just me. Freetube has some more wierd channels and all the porn as well. No channels were unavailable to me on either except for the sci-fi moves on freetube.

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I tried Freetube. Unreliable.
by Owyn / October 23, 2006 11:43 PM PDT
In reply to: FreeTube and TVU

I tried Freetube and found the channels to be very unreliable. Initial connection looks clean but video stalled frequently and quickly on many channels. No artifacts, just nothing.

Also tested it in IE6 and found results equivalent to FF1.5 and FF2.0.

Will retest after I upgrade to IE7 but am pretty sure the problem is at the source of the "signal".

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So far so good
by bozeman / October 24, 2006 12:51 AM PDT

Hmm, that's too bad. It has worked for me so far. They were down a bit on the weekend, but I'm not watching mainstream stuff either, I have my real cable still. I've been watching documentaries and old movies, maybe they aren't saturated, but so far I only have had a couple interuptions in maybe 3-4 hours worth.

Free, not much to expect, hehe.

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Unreliable=Not dependable
by Owyn / October 24, 2006 12:58 AM PDT
In reply to: So far so good

Definite case of Your Mileage May Vary.

What I was trying to say is that this is not a dependable replacement for cable. If it works, great, but don't take on bets on it.

Collapse - review on legality of TVU service.
by Owyn / October 23, 2006 11:45 PM PDT

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