Until recently, the television programs that you could watch on your computer were limited to those channels that posted specific programs or parts of programs. For a person who spends most of their time on the computer and wants to watch a program while they are working, (Yes, people who work at home often do that), there is now a way to watch regular television programming easy!
Using the recently developed PC TV software, you can watch any program on any channel on your computer.
If you want to watch TV on your PC you will need a desktop or laptop computer, and an operating system that supports television viewing like Windows or XP. If you have a MAC computer, the software will work on it as well. You must also have an Internet broadband connection. When you get the software read the set-up instructions because you may need to change your live streaming speed on your system.
For people who travel, having this software means that you don't miss programs that you normally watch at home when you are stuck in a hotel that does not offer the channels you are accustom to watching. Or, you may not want to watch the movie that is offered on the flight you are taking and would rather watch programs that you would normally miss in flight.
The software is very easy to use and offers you an easy to use dashboard during set-up that will let you set the parameters for the programs that you want to include in your favorites list. Some of the software programs also provide a feature where you can easily record programs to view at your leisure.
Some services, like Satellite Direct TV offer the software in some of their package deals. When you get the software from Direct you don't get any premium channels, but you do get 3500+ channels, HD, and radio stations that are crystal clear.
The quality of the programs is not distorted when you are using the software and it adapts to any size screen, so if you have broadband on your internet, you are all set to watch television anywhere. With the Direct TV system, there is no software to load and a sidebar is on your desktop with a menu of the shows you have selected that are available.
Other systems are available that are loaded as software and provide the same convenience of watching television or listening to radio stations from your computer. Some of the programs have better reception for programs that are being seen in other countries, while other software is limited to specific regions or areas.
The cost of the systems varies from a one-time fee and lifetime membership to a monthly membership fee. Some of the systems offer access to the premium channels and are treated much the same as your cable television system. With some of the systems, the monthly fee structure is based on the number of channels you want and whether they are considered premium or not.
Before deciding on the PC TV software that will be best for you, it will be important to think about what type of programming you watch primarily. Whether or not you want to have access to premium channels when you are watching television on your computer.