Both free and paid Internet TV Software services help you turn your computer into a satellite television receiver without doing the hard work. But a paid-to-download service has a jump over the free ones when it comes to getting more perks.
For a small one-time fee, individuals can enjoy many of their favorite channels and shows, 24/7, including free channels that many thought only paid TV networks provide. Here is a look at the upsides and downsides of this technology and how it works.
The first benefit computer users receive is the cost. For less than one month of cable television service, they can start watching many of their favorite television shows through a desktop or laptop computer. An Internet connection is required – preferably broadband (DSL or Cable). A wireless (Wifi) can work too, but expect some limitations when playing channels that require broadband.
As cable and satellite monthly fees continue to rise, viewing television channels online still remain free. But there’s always the option to subscribe to Cable and Satellite who now stream some of their content online for their subscribers.
Most of these services feature TV player software and don’t own the content delivered to viewers. The content is owned by providers who have full control over what they deliver and how it’s delivered. How they are paid for streaming channels/videos for free is through adverts that last 30+/- seconds. Normally, one short advertisement plays before the viewer can watch a selected show.
When dealing with the Internet whether that’s visiting a website or downloading a media or audio file, no computer is immune to harmful viruses, spyware, adware, and malware. It makes good common sense to install security protection applications to safeguard against the unexpected, even when online TV services claim their software is safe.
There are illegal streaming and downloading TV/video services out there but most Internet TV services aren’t part of that group. If that were the case, many of them (if not all) including the services that have been in service for many years would have received a DMCA take down notice by now. The other group already received their notices and have faced lawsuits, penalties and/or jail terms. Millions of viewers haven’t been targeted, penalized or sentenced because the focus is on the larger fish who brake the law.
Of course, copyright infringements is a different matter. That’s why it’s very important to read the TOS