Watch Your Favorite TV Shows Online With the iTVMediaPlayer

itv   Watch Your Favorite TV Shows Online With the iTVMediaPlayerFor a long time now, I’ve been dying to finally cut the cord with my cable company. We’ve subscribed to Netflix, I have my Hulu account configured and ready to go, but it’s really hard to take the plunge. My kids love watching live Nick programming. I can’t get enough of Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State. The fact is, we’re hooked on live programming and watching recorded shows just isn’t the same.

There are plenty of sites where you can watch live television, and we’ve covered a whole lot of them here at MakeUseOf. A while back, Aibek posted a list of 7 sites where you could find TV shows and Mark covered the popular desktop app Livestation, where you can find just about any news channel you’d want. More recently, I reviewed a few more tools you can use to watch TV on your computer, and then of course there’s the popular Boxee option that Justin recently wrote about.


Now with all of those options to choose from, you would think that letting go of cable would be easy. The problem is that it’s hard to find a place to offers live programming from the most popular channels like MTV, HBO, Disney or SyFy. With all of that said, I think that our cable connection has finally come to an end, because I’ve finally discovered iTVMediaPlayer.

Live Television Streams Of Popular Networks

The first thing you’ll notice when you install the iTVMediaPlayer desktop app is the list of available Live TV channels. I really thought that there had to be some catch because up until now I’ve never been able to find an online resource that provides instant access to high-quality channels that you’d actually want to watch.

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The top 300 or so channels on this guide include all of those that were holding me back from canceling my cable subscription. While I could probably access each of these by going straight to the source website or ordering a device like Boxee that does it for you – I really wanted something simpler and cheaper. An app I could install on my PC or laptop and just play those popular channels on the PC screen or on the TV via HDMI. That’s exactly what the iTV Media Player does.

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There are ads throughout, both when you first launch the app as well as when you launch a channel. However, since programming is entirely free, I’m not complaining!

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I did notice that the ads are especially annoying in the small screen mode. For example, here I’m testing out the Disney channel to make sure it really offers real, live Disney programming. You’ll notice the banner across the bottom.

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Testing the MTV channel, I noticed the same ad in small-screen mode, but when I switched to full screen mode all ads disappear and you’re watching 100% clear and free cable television. I was honestly blown away.

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I love the idea that without ordering any hardware or buying any subscriptions, I can watch all of my favorite premium network channels that the cable company usually charges me a premium to watch.

Local Programming

Another concern a lot of people have with switching to either satellite or Internet TV watching is that you lose access to local news and weather stations. With iTV, that’s not the case. If you click on the link at the bottom of the guide that reads “Over 2,600 other channels…” you’ll discover content from all around the world.

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I dug through to my region of the United States and found several local TV stations, both recorded and live.

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Other Features

This content is fed in through wwiTV and features a lot more than just TV stations. If you get sick of watching plain vanilla cable programming, in this section you can check out things like educational or religious broadcasts, shopping networks and even live webcams from all across the world.

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You can also do Internet searches from right inside the iTV Media Player and use the built-in browser to search the web. This comes in handy when you’re viewing the player over HDMI on your TV set because you can switch between television watching and Internet browsing at the click of a button.

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Then, if you’re tired of watching TV and you’re in the mood for some music, just click on the “Radio & Music” tab at the left side of the iTV home page and you’ll see the iHeartRadio player that’s embedded into iTV. This embedded player lets you choose from hundreds of radio stations. To search for local ones, just type in your zip code. You can also find music videos by artist or song and watch full-length music videos for free.

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iTV Media Player came along at just the right time, because I didn’t think I’d ever get up the nerve to call my cable company and cut the cord. But now, I’m finally taking the plunge and entering into the world of Internet TV programming, spoon-fed by the ease and convenience of iTV.

Have you ever used iTV? What do you think? Are there other resources where you like to watch TV online? Share your insight in the comments section below.

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CF

ESPN?

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rdube02

Please see my comment above. If it’s piracy, someone may want to inform boxlive.tv, and all of the cable networks that stream their live content to the web. Please remind me why we need the “middleman” known as cable television?

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Bob

Is this only for the USA or can it be used from other countries too without the need for a vpn?

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Anonymous

As far as I understand it – it’ll work from any country. Please let us know if that’s not true though.

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Brandt Absolu

While I agree that this service is awesome (and the channels are actually live), some of the channels weren’t loading for me, like National Geographic, USA, and Comedy Central. And some of the channels have 1TVPC.com or something like that plastered at the top or bottom of the screen in big letters, which I am NOT a fan of. If it was small and inconspicuous, okay.

And I don’t like the fact that I have to watch an ad before every channel.

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Movie

Yeah, I straight up refuse to pay for cable or anything else like that. I can watch most of what I want on the internet legally for free. Cable is a scam–that’s why they’re so mad about other “scams” like free programming on the internet. How much did this app cost?

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Justin9

whats the cost of this – is this free

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Anonymous

Yes, download and run it for free – it simply streams from a variety of content providers that are already streaming the content online.

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Brandt Absolu

While I agree that this service is awesome (and the channels are actually live), some of the channels weren’t loading for me, like National Geographic, USA, and Comedy Central. And some of the channels have 1TVPC.com or something like that plastered at the top or bottom of the screen in big letters, which I am NOT a fan of. If it was small and inconspicuous, okay.

And I don’t like the fact that I have to watch an ad before every channel.

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Ryan Dube

Yeah I agree to some extent – although I’m willing to have ads if the content stays free (unlike cable companies that charge you AND you have to watch ads…)

I don’t know if you tried it but with most of these in full screen the graphics at the top and bottom disappear.

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Brandt Absolu

I don’t mind ads either, but in this program it’s a bit excessive and deterrent. I quickly uninstalled it.

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Ibrahim Ali

It’s not just excessive — it’s totally crap. Go to ilovefreesoftware.com and you will find better apps like ZinTV, AnyTV, LiveStation – or use TV-Fox (- a Firefox add-on). All this (iTVMediaPlayer) app does is aggregate from justin.tv and liveStation.com with obnoxious ads and popups.

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guest

anyone get this to work on mac osx? the zip file sends me to a web page with nothing on it…

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Murray A

I’d love to try it on my MAC. Has anyone had any success?

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Bob Morse

ditto. And to get ‘Help’ besides the FAQ you already have to have the app running. Tried in 3 browsers. Nothing.

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Guest

Same result on a mac with both chrome and safari. NOTHING. Why advertise it works for mac if the site/web version clearly doesn’t work.

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Ryan Dube

One thing that they don’t explain very well is that different embedded players require different plugins. When the player doesn’t work you have to click on the image to download the player. This may not be what’s causing the problem for Mac users, but I know it took me a few moments to realize why the videos weren’t playing.

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Lefty1975

This doesn’t seem to be any better than the hundred of other programs that claim you can watch live TV. I clicked on ABC,NBC,ESPN and ESPN and got error of 201 that it couldn’t find any content. So once again I don’t see me disconnecting my dish anytime soon.

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Ryan Dube

Please see my comment above about required plug-ins.

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seenu

i wann such TV for free subscription…………
Are there any?

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Simakuutio

I’m 99% sure most of the “interesting” channels are only available for users in US (those channels uses quite often very strict geoblocking rulesets.

So for Europeans and others, this is quite useless…

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seenu

i wann such TV for free subscription…………
Are there any?

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Simakuutio

I’m 99% sure most of the “interesting” channels are only available for users in US (those channels uses quite often very strict geoblocking rulesets.

So for Europeans and others, this is quite useless…

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me

Another of the dozens of these apps that simply don’t deliver what they promise. All you can watch is some commercials and the channels do NOT stream.

major fail.

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me

Another of the dozens of these apps that simply don’t deliver what they promise. All you can watch is some commercials and the channels do NOT stream.

major fail.

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Ryan Dube

Have you tried it before posting this?

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David

Nothing new. Can’t replace cable. A lot of channels are offline. Quality for others is bad.

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shr

Extremely low quality streams despite my fast cable internet. Ok to watch as a small window in a laptop. Fuzzy in full screen on my laptop . just forget connecting to my 55 HDTV. Replacement for Cable company ?? only if u want to watch fuzzy channels.

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Ryan Dube

Seemed pretty clear on my widescreen laptop – but then again, that’s not a 55″ HDTV! So point taken. For folks that are content watching their TV programming on a regular sized computer monitor – it’s sufficient.

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Lydia

I downloaded the Mac version [iTV Media Player (Web Version).url], but when I open it there’s nothing but the background of the web version of the page. When I go to Help on their website it says to click on the Help button of the application, but nothing is there to click — just a background with no page. Any suggestions?

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Ryan Dube

I do know there are plugins required before many of the players work – I had to download 2 before a couple of them would work for me. Not sure if this is related to the Mac issues though…

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Rlchcheckmate

Checked it out. Some cable stations don’t seem to work, like TBS, and the ones that did work, like NBC, were slow and kept pausing. That could be my connection, or it could be that they don’t have the resources to provide smooth sailing yet. Good idea, be interesting to see if they can improve on it, and keep from getting bigfooted by Comcast.

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Ryan Dube

I agree. It streamed okay for me via cable internet, but I didn’t test it from other locations so not sure how performance would be elsewhere. I assume after this article their traffic probably increased a little bit though… lol

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Captsea

this is crap mate!! what a loss of time!
Have a lot better streaming software on my computer! not this amount of channels but at least they are really good quality! Why y loose time writing an article, saying that y found something amazing when y know the quality is crap?? Y’ve watched this before! why making us loose time?? just because y lost y time too?
Sorry about my honesty, mate! just sharing my thoughts!

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Captsea

this is crap mate!! what a loss of time!
Have a lot better streaming software on my computer! not this amount of channels but at least they are really good quality! Why y loose time writing an article, saying that y found something amazing when y know the quality is crap?? Y’ve watched this before! why making us loose time?? just because y lost y time too?
Sorry about my honesty, mate! just sharing my thoughts!

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Ryan Dube

haha…I didn’t lose time – I watch this every day. I don’t know what why some folks are having issues, but I didn’t and as I said I use this to watch my favorite cable stations constantly. I do suspect there might be a number of cable TV employees trolling through the comment area though. :-)

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Iyeee

Ehhh… marginal picture quality… lots of streams down… ads ads ads… would do in a pinch… but not good enough to replace cable.

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Ryan Dube

Did you try maximizing the screen? A lot of those top/bottom ads disappear when you do – and then just the occasional commercial just like regular TV (except you’re not paying a cable bill…)

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Actingman

It sounds like a scam when you have to give your email address AND the email address of two others.

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Ryan Dube

You don’t have to give the email address of two others, only you’re own. Not sure why you posted that….

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Peh TingYong

Thanks! It work great (:

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Joebudreckijr

Holy S–t , BATMAN , my security site shows that I would be installing a TROJAN . No Way.

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Ryan Dube

Yeah I agree to some extent – although I’m willing to have ads if the content stays free (unlike cable companies that charge you AND you have to watch ads…)

I don’t know if you tried it but with most of these in full screen the graphics at the top and bottom disappear.

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Boethius87

Sounds like a lovely app but it doesn’t work for me I have Macs and the web url version loads a page half black and half white and then, nothing. I tired it on two different laptops. Had to laugh at their support, “click help from within the media player.” Not helpful if one can’t open the app

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Daniel M

Worked immediately and as advertised on my PC, with some streams coming in better than others. However, as pointed out in earlier posts, there is a serious problem with the Mac version which I also encountered; it would be useful to know how the vendor was able to make it work. From what I can tell, the “Mac Version” is not ready for prime-time.

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today deal

great software, very useful.thanks http://www.tvsatelliteonpc.net

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today deal

great software, very help to use in online,thanks,
http://www.tvsatelliteonpc.net

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Ericaa

Nice idea, but you didn’t mention that to get the download, I have to spam two of my friends’ emails with invitations, and that the mac version is actually a link to a web version. Also, the channel I was looking for is the Golf Channel, which is pulled from Veetle.com.

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Ericaa

Nice idea, but you didn’t mention that to get the download, I have to spam two of my friends’ emails with invitations, and that the mac version is actually a link to a web version. Also, the channel I was looking for is the Golf Channel, which is pulled from Veetle.com.

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Ibrahim Ali

I’ve just tried the app. My verdict: stay way way clear of this humongously ad-drenched site — it’s simply an obnoxious program. (In fact, I seriously question the credibility of this article’s writer – why push it?) From the popups (everytime you click Play), to preview ads to the annoying sidebar that disappears when you go full-screen to the mostly average/poor quality of the stream – a complete disappointment.

Ryan Dube – please go to Ishan’s http://www.ilovefreesoftware.c… — he has listed better progams (like AnyTV, ZincTV, LiveStation, Firefox add-on: TV-Fox, etc). The application you have here has the same average to poor quality streams like all the others and it just aggregates from sites like justin.tv and livestation.com (I would go to these sites and watch directly without suffering the onslaught of all these popups).

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Ibrahim Ali

I’ve just tried the app. My verdict: stay way way clear of this humongously ad-drenched site — it’s simply an obnoxious program. (In fact, I seriously question the credibility of this article’s writer – why push it?) From the popups (everytime you click Play), to preview ads to the annoying sidebar that disappears when you go full-screen to the mostly average/poor quality of the stream – a complete disappointment.

Ryan Dube – please go to Ishan’s http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com — he has listed better progams (like AnyTV, ZincTV, LiveStation, Firefox add-on: TV-Fox, etc). The application you have here has the same average to poor quality streams like all the others and it just aggregates from sites like justin.tv and livestation.com (I would go to these sites and watch directly without suffering the onslaught of all these popups).

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John007

LOL! And you’re talking about the writer being biased?! LOL!!!!!! Sounds to me like you’re more interested in advertising your website than providing a fair verdict.

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Ibrahim Ali

Stay away from this app.

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No-cables

Obnoxious app with humongous ads and popups.

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Ibrahim Ali

It’s not just excessive — it’s totally crap. Go to ilovefreesoftware.com and you will find better apps like ZinTV, AnyTV, LiveStation – or use TV-Fox (- a Firefox add-on). All this (iTVMediaPlayer) app does is aggregate from justin.tv and liveStation.com with obnoxious ads and popups.

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Ryan Dube

I’m sorry, what was that? I couldn’t hear you over the Showtime movie I was watching for free on my widescreen laptop.

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Lavender

It does NOT work on a Mac. Know what their version of “working on a Mac” is? They give you a link to the online web version! And THAT, of course, doesn’t load. Besides, from what I’ve been able to glean, it offers nothing that TVUPlayer doesn’t — and TVU Player DOES actually download and work as a desktop app on a Mac. I’m more than a little disappointed by this article. I expect better from makeuseof contributors.

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Ryan Dube

As other folks have reported, it works as advertised on a PC. I can understand your frustration that it doesn’t work on a Mac, but since I don’t own a Mac there is no way I could have tested it on that operating system. Although, it is unfortunate the Mac users can’t use it.

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Aibek

we don’t filter/moderate comments unless they are abusive. Your comment
must have been caught by a spam filter. I will check it out.

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Ghirmay

My previous comment was removed — why? You’re not allowed to tell the truth here? Here I go again — do not use this app, it’s an an obnoxious ad-drenched piece of crap.

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Aibek

we don’t filter/moderate comments unless they are abusive. Your comment
must have been caught by a spam filter. I will check it out.

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John007

Dude are you sure you’re not working for a competitor? You sound too personally involved in “hating” this cool app.

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Ginktolerli

Thanks for the info. You really did a great job of explaiinging it. I’m getting tired of mounting cable bills so I am game to try this. Just wondered if anyone has tried to output the feed to a standalone lcd or plasma

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Anonymous

Please see my comment above. If it’s piracy, someone may want to inform boxlive.tv, and all of the cable networks that stream their live content to the web. Please remind me why we need the “middleman” known as cable television?

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Nolongervalid

This is Piracy.

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Why_so_serious

How? There is no logical argument for piracy. The very term “piracy” means that a third party is profiting from the content. The app is free. How are they making money? If I use a sling player to route my local networks that I receive from an antennae over the internet, is that piracy? No one is raiding my house trying to stop me from that? And what is with this country’s useless attempts to protect outdated forms of technology?

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No-cables

This (the above) is a man talking from the cable company.

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Ryan Dube

That was my first thought too! haha