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vlc playerMany people these days have the free [NO LONGER WORKS] VLC media player on their computers, because it’s so versatile and good at what it does. But most of us probably only use it to play DVDs and home movies. I doubt many people realise the power of VLC when it comes to streaming media. This is because it used to be difficult and hacky. Nowadays it’s as easy as changing channels on your TV.

VLC has integrated with several online services to make it easy for you to start watching streamed media. In a couple of clicks, you can listen to online radio, preview the best free tracks available to download online and even watch TV. Now that’s powerful!

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How To Access VLCs Preset Streaming Services

On a Mac, you’ll find streaming services under File > Services Discovery and then choose the option of your choice.

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On Windows, go to View > Playlist then look at the bottom of the list for “Internet“. When you click on this, you’ll see all the options listed below.

Online Radio – Icecast Directory

VLC originally sourced radio stations from the Shoutcast directory, but due to an issue with AOL was forced to drop it for now. They’re in talks with Shoutcast to try to remedy this. In the meantime, VLC gives you easy access to the Icecast directory, which is basically an open-source online radio directory.

Free Music – Best Of Jamendo

If you turn on the Jamendo service, you’ll be given two main folders: “Top 100 Most Popular Tracks This Week” and “Top 20 Albums This Week“. Below this you can see folders for albums and the names of the tracks, so you can pick whichever looks best and have a listen. If you decide you like it, head over to the Jamendo site and you can download it for free.

More Free Music – Darker Radio

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For the lovers of free independent music, Darkwave Radio collects free music and releases a new selection monthly. Tunes range from gothic and darkwave to indie and synthpop. Quite a selection! With VLC, you can quickly listen to the latest offerings as a streamed service. Then, if you like it, find it at the Darkwave site for free.

TV Streaming Channels – Channels.com

The Channels.com service seems to be available only on the Windows client for now. However, this service will allow access to quite a few American TV shows. Plus, it lists plenty of online shows like TED, so you can easily access this through VLC.

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TV Streaming Directory – Shoutcast TV

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Until recently, Shoutcast TV was also offered as an option for all people worldwide. When VLC and Shoutcast can come to an agreement in terms it will return. In the meantime, VLC are adding new services regularly and another TV directory may be on their radar.

French TV Streaming – Freebox TV

I was very surprised to find a French TV service (Freebox TV in France) listed in VLC. However, only people in France can watch Freebox TV. VLC is obviously working with some ISPs to offer these services, so one day you may find your local TV service listed.

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Don’t Forget Your Own Media

Obviously, you can always watch your own video files, music files favourite radio streams and podcasts. But with all these streamed services at your fingertips too, your evenings of entertainment just got a whole lot better.

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What do you think of VLCs streaming services? What else should they add? Tell us in the comments!

  1. Angela Alcorn
    March 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    It's not available yet, but there's some cool VLC remote apps you can use to control VLC with your phone. :)

    http://www.appbrain.com/search...

    And as Aibek says, there might be soon!

  2. Aibek
    March 5, 2011 at 7:54 am

    It should be out pretty soon I guess,

    http://www.androidguys.com/201...

    Aibek

  3. Sarath
    March 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    do VLC is available for android ?

  4. Vijay
    March 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    it's nice 2 watch live matches..

  5. vishnubral
    March 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Can VLC also show something live lik cricket match, football etc

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      If it's on one of the available channels, yes. :)

  6. vishnubral
    March 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    i loved it... its gr8...... It would b gr8 if dey can increase d no.. of good channels available..

  7. Vijay
    March 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    it's nice 2 watch live matches..

  8. Ceo
    February 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    Channels.com ? Its just a collection of free Podcasts that are available free from iTunes for Windows or Mac. Blah....

  9. Ceo
    February 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Channels.com ? Its just a collection of free Podcasts that are available free from iTunes for Windows or Mac. Blah....

  10. Fanchik
    February 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    VLC is a french project (ie : http://www.videolan.org/videolan/ )
    "The project started as a student project at the French École Centrale Paris, in 1996. After a complete rewrite in 1998, it became Open Source, thanks to the agreement of the École Centrale Paris, in 2001."

    The link to French TV Streaming (Freebox TV) it's because of the french compagny FREE (and ILIADE) used to support the Video Lan project !

  11. Fanchik
    February 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    VLC is a french project (ie : http://www.videolan.org/videol... )
    "The project started as a student project at the French École Centrale Paris, in 1996. After a complete rewrite in 1998, it became Open Source, thanks to the agreement of the École Centrale Paris, in 2001."

    The link to French TV Streaming (Freebox TV) it's because of the french compagny FREE (and ILIADE) used to support the Video Lan project !

  12. Anonymous
    February 26, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I had an old copy of VLC installed and all I could see there was Media Library. Once I updated to the latest version of VLC I now have everything. Thanks for this.

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 27, 2011 at 6:15 am

      You're welcome!

  13. Mu O Jbhq
    February 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    vlc audio stutters badly trying this - spent an hour trying to fix and then tried KMPlayer - worked perfectly

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 26, 2011 at 4:36 am

      I've never found this - Which operating system are you using?

      • Mu O Jbhq
        February 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

        XP. Considering VLC is independant of XP's drivers setup you'd think it wouldn't be a problem.

        • Angela Alcorn
          February 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

          Hmm. Strange.

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