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Use Windows Media Center To Watch TV Show

I like use my computer to watch internet videos including TV show, but I have to surf different video sites to find someone that I want to watch. It is a little bit waste time to do that, actually we can use Windows Media Center to watch these videos. How can I do that? Windows Media Center is not support stream internet videos if you do not have a TV turner. Today, I like tell you how to use an application to watch internet videos with Windows Media Center.

TunerFreeMCE is a Windows Media Center add-in for watching streaming internet TV programs on your PC and Media Center Extender. You can open Windows Media Center to watch TV show or clips from some video sites without go to different original video hosted sites. For US users, they can watch some shows from CBS, NBC, Hulu and so on. For UK users, they can watch videos from BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, and so on. But it is not support like Youtube this kind of video sites, because they only use Flash mode.

TunerFreeMCE is not support international users who live outside of US and UK, but they can use VPN to virtual host your PC in these two countries, and setup some special configuration with VPN client. The problem is it is too difficult to change setting on VPN client for most users, and TunerFreeMCE is not support all VPN clients.

I had try TunerFreeMCE, it looks very cool, and works very well. But install this add-in was not easy, it needs update several parts from internet. After all set you can turn on Windows Media Center to surf video index. Click a video you can watch it without any problem, it also can be turn on with a full screen mode.

You can download TunerFreeMCE from its main page, or direct download it here. It supports Windows Vista and 7, I am not sure about XP.

Update: I use a UK VPN to watch British TV, it works fine. I can watch BBC, Channel 4, but no ITV. I can also listen to BBC radio without VPN. If you watch BBC video you also can download it, but you must have a license to play it.

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1 comment:

andy said...

Web casting, or broadcasting over the internet, is a media file (audio-video mostly) distributed over the internet using streaming media technology. Streaming implies media played as a continuous stream and received real time by the browser (end user). Streaming technology enables a single content source to be distributed to many simultaneous viewers. Streaming video bandwidth is typically calculated in gigabytes of data transferred. It is important to estimate how many viewers you can reach, for example in a live webcast, given your bandwidth constraints or conversely, if you are expecting a certain audience size, what bandwidth resources you need to deploy.

To estimate how many viewers you can reach during a webcast, consider some parlance:
One viewer: 1 click of a video player button at one location logged on
One viewer hour: 1 viewer connected for 1 hour
100 viewer hours: 100 viewers connected for 1 hour…

Typically webcasts will be offered at different bit rates or quality levels corresponding to different user’s internet connection speeds. Bit rate implies the rate at which bits (basic data units) are transferred. It denotes how much data is transmitted in a given amount of time. (bps / Kbps / Mbps…). Quality improves as more bits are used for each second of the playback. Video of 3000 Kbps will look better than one of say 1000Kbps. This is just like quality of a image is represented in resolution, for video (or audio) it is measured by the bit rate.