Satellite TV for PC software has many different name variations such as Satellite TV on PC and PC Satellite TV. One could assume the software delivers paid premium satellite channels from DirecTV or some other company. However, don’t let the name imply getting access to illegal channels. That’s not what the technology does.
In this article, I decided to use the first term since it has the most number of global searches on Google with the term satellite included.
The other two terms are a distant second and third respectively. Another term for these products is called ‘Proprietary Software’ which is defined as computer software produced by someone that has restriction rights as to its use, modification, copying, or republishing.
Users of the application must get acquainted with Copyrights which prohibits any user of the software from tampering with the source code, reselling it, etc.
Proprietary Software includes freeware and shareware applications which can be duplicated and distributed by the producer to the public, making them available either as free or non-free software to the public. For more information see ‘Proprietary Software’ at Wikipedia.
When a channel link is clicked on from any TV player (actual software) within 20 seconds the player will access, retrieve and stream the channel or video/audio media file into smaller pieces so that the user can watch a TV show without having to wait for it to download completely.
This technology provides access to “Place Shifting,” the latest generation of technology for users to watch 1000s of different channels from across the globe. This technology surpasses conventional TV as we know it today with its ability to broadcast both TV and radio channels (stations) Worldwide, then stream these channels (or media files) right across a computer’s I.P. address in HQD (high quality definition) to the user’s PC.
These products and services offer a safe and legal gateway to Internet TV because, 1) They don’t convert signals from the air to our TV sets in the conventional way, and 2) Internet TV channels all come from licensed content providers who offer them free of charge. In other words, legal Satellite TV for PC software doesn’t decode or descramble any signals or access any paid TV channels–it all comes from the Public Domain or World Wide Web.
However, when downloading video and audio files such as movies and music videos they may be somewhat questionable as to their legal use. Copyrights laws exist for many of them with exception to the ones that come from the free Public Domain. But how do you know? Simply put, you don’t in most cases!
For instance when I downloaded one of these software packages back in 2007, it included links to download other free TV players such as the Ares and TVU players. The Ares offers P2P (peer to peer) which means file sharing and you have access to a ton of movie downloads and more. I could download a new released movie as soon as or right before it started showing in movie theaters.
Also, once in a great while, I noticed a bootleg movie or two after downloading the application. I didn’t know this at first, since I was new to all of this back then. However that was years agon and P2P file sharing networks are no longer included in these packages which make everything more legal to use.
That said, most top brands out there don’t include video downloads but other types of services such as legal movie portals do. Still the ones without downloads offer live and on-demand TV shows/sitcoms, sport events/matches, news, movies and other free content from across the globe (virtually in any language).
Satellite TV for PC products are not stand-alone software. Instead, they rely on many of the popular free software such as Windows Media Player, RealPlayer and Adobe Flash Player in order for them to work on your computer. With special features to enhance TV viewing more and a hi-tech TV player producing great quality audio/video as well as swift loading and playback time, users can watch whatever they like in an enjoyable, legal and safe environment.
Finally, these types of products require a Windows-based, MAC, or Linux desktop or laptop computer with a broadband connection. Users need either a DSL or High Speed connection at 512kbps or higher, in order to get the best video and audio quality with a high overall performance.
Users pay a small one-time downloading fee to get instant access to unlimited entertainment, while saving money in the long run when compared to Satellite and Cable TV high monthly fees. And it helps eliminate any need for movie/video rentals/buying, as well as going to movie theaters often.