Good afternoon friends. What is the best program to watch TV on your computer? Now the age of digital broadcasting has already arrived, and more and more TV channels designed for analogue plans are becoming a thing of the past. Now we will look at which program is the best for watching TV on a computer. And there are quite a lot of them. Then, after carefully reviewing the descriptions of such programs, you will choose the most suitable one for you and enjoy a pleasant viewing of TV broadcasting.
Advantages of TV via computer
- The user does not need to pay for cable or satellite connection, special equipment, or TV cable;
- Most channels are free. Money may be charged for special additional services, such as “TV for adults”, the ability to record a channel, HD channels.
- There is no need to do anything additional, such as an agreement with a service provider. All you need to do is download the necessary software and install it.
The best of TV players
So, let’s start looking at these players. As I already mentioned, there are a decent number of them. I looked at some of them carefully. The most important thing is that the display is without delays and errors. On many of these resources, you can watch TV online directly from the site’s player.
This program is free. Its name is similar to the name of a popular site. In practice, this application is a client of this resource. Hence, there is no need to expect additional options from this program. A person can watch 50+ channels and broadcasts with 100+ webcams. Also, various online radio stations fall under his jurisdiction. To make it more convenient, the most viewed channels and radio can be viewed through quick access. In addition, you can use the “Search” string.
- The program is free and has 50+ on-air channels;
- Quite convenient Russian-language design, user-friendly;
- It is possible to automatically start the broadcast from the moment where the program was interrupted.
- Sometimes channels drop out and there is a long period of buffering, including when you have a lot of free hardware resources and excellent Internet speed.
This software can be called one of the best TV players. Compared to similar programs, this application can be distinguished due to its decent number of channels. There are more than 4000 of them.
It is possible to watch both Russian and foreign channels from all over the world. But its functionality is not limited to this. It has excellent playback of local files, IPTV broadcasts, YouTube videos, torrent files, and broadcast through a tuner if you connect it to a PC.
I think you understand that if the software has such an abundance of options, then its design will not be simple and accessible. An advanced person will most likely be able to master this program quite quickly. But a beginner will have to explore it for more than one day. This program is in English. However, the English-language certificate is not very detailed.
- As already mentioned, the software has more than 4,000 different channels around the globe ;
- This software is perfect as a computer’s main media player;
- This application makes it possible to record the desired programs. Including through a timer;
- Works with Android and iOS systems.
- The free version of the software does not have all the program options;
- The program is in English and does not have detailed help tailored for a beginner.
- Paid extensions are available.
Program for watching TV on a computer Ace Stream
This player also has a decent number of options. But, unlike other programs, it is focused on collectible videos. The program is designed for working with video on a computer. For example: recording from a monitor, playback, downloading from torrents and video hosting.
The application has a decent list of various on-air channels for free access. This software advises you to subscribe to additional packages for a small additional payment. People who like basic channel browsing will not like this option. Also, this software has a design that is difficult for a beginner.
- More decent functionality compared to most players;
- An excellent list of channels for free access.
- Clever design with options that are simply not needed by the average person;
- The software sometimes crashes on weak PCs, and the program sometimes lags. Audio sometimes lags behind video;
- At the moment, there is limited access under Russian legislation on the territory of the Russian Federation.
This is a new free Player. It includes 20 central TV channels for free viewing. I noticed that the channels are the same ones that we have the opportunity to watch by purchasing a digital TV set-top box. To increase the number of channels well beyond 100, and at the same time improve the playback quality to HD, those who wish can pay a small price for additional channels. In general, this is the best of these services in terms of quality. You can get a subscription for only 150 rubles/month. For your information, for Tricolor TV they now pay a minimum of 1,500 rubles per year. In general, this is Russian software, and it’s quite easy to navigate.
- A decent set of video and radio channels;
- There is the ability to download movies and shows from torrent;
- The software automatically generates subtitles.
- Most channels function only with a paid subscription;
- If your computer has weak hardware, then crashes, lags, and glitches are possible.
I would recommend this particular player, because… it is very convenient, Russian-language and the main federal channels are 20 pcs., shows for free!
It makes it possible not only to watch TV channels, but also to listen to Internet radio from radio stations all over the Earth. The program can be confusing for a newbie. A pro can navigate it quickly. In the settings, you must remember to select the Russian language.
Many football fans love this program, as it makes it possible to watch football matches that are simply not broadcast in Russia. There are many sites on the Internet where there are playlists for SopCast. But the simplest option is to look for the necessary playlists inside the software itself.
The essence of the program is simple: P2P networks are used to gain access to a huge film library, a database of channels, news and sports. A person is given access to different sources that have different broadcast quality and different languages.
- This program has a decent selection of channels in English, access is free.
- While watching channels, frequent crashes and other application errors are possible;
- Some users, for unknown reasons, did not install this program on the Windows 10 system, despite all their efforts.
TV Player Classic
An excellent player that allows you not only to watch movies and programs, but also to record video from the screen in AVI format, which allows us to watch the desired program or video at the time we want. It was last updated in 2019, but despite this it continues to function without any problems.
Without any subscription, a person can watch approximately 1000 channels from numerous countries in various languages. Among these countries are Russia and other CIS countries. It has a fairly convenient and simple shell. Although, it may seem to have an outdated design. There is no time limit to continue recording. The recording takes place in AVI format.
- You can record video from the screen;
- There are no recording time restrictions. But do not forget about the capacity of this recording for your device.
- The recording takes place, as I already said, in AVI format. And this format can take up a decent amount of disk space;
- During broadcast failures and the disappearance of the Internet, recording still continues;
- There is no broadcast scheduler.
This is a multi-platform program. Has various packages with TV channels. But viewing them is possible for money. If we compare this software with purchasing equipment and connecting a cable, then subscribing to this software is a cheaper option.
Also, note that many paid packages on other programs and resources are free. It has an excellent and simple design that even a child can easily understand. From here, it is easy to conclude that this software is convenient.
- There are a large number of different free channels without any subscription;
- Among the channels of this software there are quite a few in HD quality;
- Works not only with Windows, but also with Mac, iOS and Android.
- The cost of subscription is comparable to the level of cable TV connection. But, as we know, cable TV works more stable;
- It happens that some channels become unavailable. Why this is so, support finds it difficult to answer.
Online Video Taker
This program is a bit heavy. It can be installed quite quickly. What’s most important is that it works quickly too. Video Taker has a decent selection of TV channels. In addition, the user has a wonderful film library. At the same time, it contains not only films, but also cartoons, TV series, videos and just music.
One of the advantages of this TV software is filtering movies by genre and even user ratings. Your children will love the Fairy Tales menu. To watch movies offline, it is possible to download them in advance. But I don’t quite understand why this is needed? After all, you can just as easily watch movies online from another site, or download them from Torrent! I didn’t find the official website, but you can download Video Taker from. If you know the name of the official website of this player, write in the comments! Let’s share with people!
High-quality Internet of TV
The list of broadcasting sources mainly includes foreign resources. But the main advantage of the program is the high image quality (in HD) even with low Internet speed. But the program has not been updated for a long time, and this is its main drawback. I did not find the main website of the program, so I leave this matter to you! The program can be downloaded from a torrent.
The convenient and pleasant design of this player allows users to easily navigate through a decent list of sources and a variety of settings. BooTV has both paid and free versions. But, the free version also leaves behind a bunch of settings and playback in various formats.
Also, the program does not require a full installation. They have portable capabilities. Click on the shortcut, wait for the software to launch, and you can enjoy your favorite TV channels in decent quality. I also couldn’t find the main site.
- Quite a compact application, approximately 300 Kb in size;
- There is a personal database of dozens of free channels from all over the world.
- The database stopped updating, which is why some TV channels stopped updating;
- The design is quite simple, even a little primitive;
- No buffering. If a failure occurs, you will need to look for the desired channel again to start it.
Quite an interesting player. As the manufacturers say, once you install it, your computer will look like a TV. The player’s extensive functionality will allow you not only to view many programs, but also, if desired, to record to your hard drive.
Interestingly, the channels are updated frequently. The service of this program is English-language, but the program interface also contains Russian-language channels. This program also has filtering by various categories. In other words, you can create a list of channels that you prefer.
Also, it’s worth noting that at the moment, my browser does not like this service, and it has issued a warning about the danger. But most likely this is due to the fact that the site does not have an https certificate. Therefore, I think the site is safe. It is also quite possible that at the time of reading the article, your browser will not issue any warnings!
Super Internet TV
Many users find this player quite convenient, since it has the ability to play more than 2000 TV channels from all over the world! Just think? When do they find time to look through them all? So, in order to quickly sort out unnecessary channels, it is possible to apply filtering.
The first thing, of course, is to think about the language. Then, the genre, but also the quality and speed of playback. In addition, Internet TV makes it possible to listen to more than 5,000 radio channels and view signals from various web cameras that are located in different places on the Earth!
Online TV Player
The main website of this program is designed in English. But, usually, users do not have any difficulties in using Online TV, since the interface of this application is quite simple and typical for similar players. The service allows you to watch 850 TV channels and 1500 radio stations. Quite a few sections on different topics. Some TV channels can be viewed online directly from the service’s player.
This program, like the previous one, can play video from web cameras in different parts of the Earth. Also, the program provides the ability to access its video database and various links to foreign magazines (newspapers). To watch the video you need to install RealPlayer 6 or you can watch it through regular Windows Media 7.
It is considered one of the best players for watching TV channels, since with it you can watch from 2500 TV channels and more than 5000 radio channels. There is also a filter by genre and country. The site is in Russian. It is possible to create your own lists of channels where you can add resources that interest you.
In addition to all this, the service can provide you with various video applications: – for example, various video converters, video players. Audio applications: – for DJs, karaoke, editors, converters. Also programs for businessmen, gamers, for the desktop, for photography and design.
Also a famous TV player. It was created, for the most part, not for watching TV channels, but for playing various clips, films, and music on a PC. All this in various formats. The service has an extensive database of videos and photos. There are different variations of the site for different languages.from this resource. The service has a blog with many articles on working with RealPlayer.
This Player is one of the last on this list, but this does not mean that it is the worst. No, we can say that he is one of the best of his kind. It features stable operation and has user support technology. It has its own highlights.
For example, the more users watch a particular TV channel, the clearer the picture of this channel will be. To play video, you must install Media Player from Microsoft. At the same time, the version must be at least 10. Working with it is quite elementary.
When entering the site, you should immediately scroll down the page and select Russian.
In general, there are a lot of instructions on working with the player. I advise you to study them carefully.
Program for watching TV on a computer IP-TV Player
A very common player in Russia. I would even say that many consider it the most common. In addition, this player is installed on my computer, and I have already gotten used to it. Why did I choose this player? The answer here is quite simple. My Internet provider includes it for free as an additional service to the Internet.
I watch 235 channels through this player. Although, in fact, there are only 5 pieces, the rest are not available! :) What can you say about this player? It has sections: – On-air, news, educational, HD channels and more. The design is quite convenient and simple. To go to the menu, just right-click on the screen and you will see a menu that contains the setting. The developer is BorPas-Soft.
This player can be installed on smartphones with Android and IOS systems. There is a built-in interactivity system, i.e., you can press pause, and after a while continue viewing from the moment you pressed. Player has a built-in codec package. It is possible to record the broadcast.
In normal mode, 30 channels are provided, but it is not a fact that all 30 will work. You can also choose other providers, such as Novotelecom, Luganet, Rostelecom, Stavropol, Sibir. Also, it is not a fact that these packages will work. Therefore, choose the regular one.
I can say about my IP-TV Player that it works without picture delays, although several years ago they were frequent. But, it depends on the provider.
- The player is simple and works great without any frills;
- If you have a recent version of Android or Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, then it will function in smooth mode without glitches, including if your hardware does not have high resources.
Works only with IPTV player.
For those people who are too lazy to read this entire article, I recorded a special video about the 13 best players for PC.
I think many people are interested in the question, which player would I choose if the provider did not provide IP-TV Player for free? I already answered it at the beginning of the article, ComboPlayer, since its quality is excellent, and at the same time, it perfectly shows a decent number of federal free channels. I would ask you to share in the comments what TV player do you use? Thank you!
Sincerely, Andrey Zimin 12/07/2018
Article edited 09/02/2022