DishnetPC TV Software Review
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DishnetPC Review: If you are here because of the high cost of Cable/Satellite TV or live where there’s no service in the area, then perhaps there’s something here for you. Then again, maybe there’s not enough TVs in the household to accommodate everyone (namely you) or you just like the idea of being able to watch favorite shows on your computer when you want, when and where you want.
The DishNetPC TV service claim they can provide that and more which will be the focus of our review as we enlighten you more on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Transforming your desktop or laptop computer into a super Web TV system is now easier and faster because of software that can be downloaded and installed to your hard drive. However, you will have to determine whether or not the totally free way to watch Internet TV that requires surfing the web to find your own channels is better for you.
As for the paid version, like DishnetPC, you are not burden with any hard work such as installing hardware and video/audio connectors or searching for channels on your own. In fact, there are no monthly fees to pay which makes considering these products worthwhile. The DishNetPC service promises to deliver over 10,000 premium TV on PC channels instantly to your Windows PC that even the newest of newbies can download, install, and start watching all kinds of programs in no time flat.
This service also promises to help you watch your favorite sports, TV shows/episodes, movies and even listen to radio stations and music without having to search for them online yourself. So there’s no spending time and effort looking for stuff on the web or trying to figure out where and how to get started.
DishNet PC brings everything together that your computer needs in order to set everything up the right way. In other words, it does a good job of keeping you in one location where you can access everything. This also means you are no longer obligated to visit website to website to find what you want to see.
This method offers a quick, easy setup when following simple instructions that can be completed just under five minutes. When visiting the website, there is a list of channels (just some of them) included in the package that you will get access to such as, FOX, BBC, SKY, CNN, and many others from across the globe.
If you are a sports fan, you’re in luck because there’s a sport section that helps you pinpoint all the sports you love with access to schedules. The date and time of each event are included as well as links to open the appropriate TV player to start watching a particular event or match.
That said, like traditional television, you can watch favorite shows around the clock (24/7). So there’s plenty of action once you find channels that interest you. And, you can easily add them to “Favorites” so you can get access to them quicker. By the way, there’s more sports channels available than Satellite and Cable services.
Even if you are not into sports, this service delivers tons of programs from across the globe so that people from all walks of life and ages can watch channels, in English or in a different language, from their homeland.
Although we didn’t count the number of channels to see whether or not there are over 10,000 of them from 80+ countries existed, we did however performed a visual inspection inside the TV player and concluded there are more channels available than most other packages. You can watch live and on-demand programs from almost any country but understand some countries will have more channels than others.
While DishNetPC TV is considered one of the popular brands out there today, it’s not for everyone. Especially for those who are only interested in watching one or two of their favorite shows. If that’s the case, it’s not worth the small one-time fee.
It’s also not for those expecting to watch free paid premium Satellite/Cable channels. That’s not what the software is designed to do and it’s illegal had this service made them available – same thing goes for other products that are similar.
If you are expecting to see HD (high definition) quality channels, expect some disappointment. However, that’s not to say you won’t receive high quality live and on-demand Internet TV channels. Unfortunately, many of these products tend to be over hyped in this area.
To explain further, one downside to these products is that you can expect good picture quality for the most part. Getting the best quality has a lot to do with your computer, Internet connection speed and channel source, just to name a few.
If you want to get high quality and performance out of watching Web TV when using these products, you will need a DSL or High Speed Internet Connection — at least 1Mbps or more. Higher the connection speed, the better the picture quality and overall performance. But that’s not all.
When testing the software (i.e. TV player) and many products like it on our computers, including a 2006 old Toshiba Satellite laptop, everything worked well enough. But to be honest if you have a fairly new computer with top of the line multimedia and video software and HD screen, you’ll have better quality and performance when using more than 1Mbps connection speed.
But, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a new top of the line computer and pay the highest connection speed money will buy, it simply means some flaws can be expected until technology catches up with Internet television.
DishNetPC Pros and Cons
Considering what this software package can and can’t do, it was good enough to be included in our top 10 Internet TV Software packages, but there are some downsides to consider before making a purchase.
You will experience some picture blurriness and ‘choppy’ videos at times from some channels. You will also experience some broken channel links and channels coming and going due to different times zones (different countries) where programs are streamed from over the web.
Keep in mind the service doesn’t own the rights to any of these programs that you will be watching on your computer. Everything is perfectly legal and safe to watch because of a Government loophole that permits this free gateway to channels online — at least for now.
There’s more good news: Once you get familiar with the DishNetPc TV player, which is the actual software, you’ll come across feature enhancements that will help offset some the shortcomings just mentioned. For instance, you can update channels by adding new ones and getting rid of broken channels. You can also add your own channels when finding them online and add to favorites.
Another nice feature is the full screen which allows you to watch a program across your entire computer screen.
Adding your own channels automatically rather than the service doing it helps put DishNetPC in a higher class. A few years ago, a vast majority of these services made users contact them whenever they wanted to add a new channel, and they had to report broken links to have them removed. Now you can do everything yourself with a click of a button.
What also separates this software service from other top leading brands that charge $50 one-time and upwards is that DishNetPC offers a lot more channels for the price of $34.95 USD (one-time fee). In essence, you get more bang for your bucks.
How It Works
No extra hardware or wiring is required to create a super Web TV system – just your Windows, XP, Vista, Windows 7 computer desktop or laptop with a broadband connection. A wireless connection is doable but expect some limitations where broadband channels don’t load and play.
Once you make a payment to download the software, you become a member and receive free on-going tech support, software upgrades, and channel updates from the DishNetPC database. You receive emails immediately after making a payment – one email comes from the payment processor who provides your order number for you to look up in case something goes wrong or have questions pertaining to the order.
The other email comes from the service who provides basic instructions with a link to the member’s (download) area.
You get everything needed including links to download free media software if your PC requires them. A link to download the DishNetPC TV player, and other links to various sites/software to watch sports, live/on-demand TV, etc.
You also get access to bonuses that come with the package to enhance more Web TV entertainment and enjoyment. The value comes when you are able to setup your computer to watch favorite programs within minutes.
Once you download and installed the software, it sits as an icon on your computer screen. You simply double click the icon and the TV player opens up. From there, you begin to see the streamlining and organization of channels by country, genre, etc.
You simply point and click to programs you want to watch, and it doesn’t get any simpler than that. No manual is provided because everything is pretty much self-explanatory. There will be some instructions for you to follow.
If you are thinking about doing this on your own to avoid paying the one-time fee like others have, you must surf the web initially to find websites that have channels you want to see. That means visiting site to site because no one site carries all channels.
Next, once you find these Web TV websites, you must save their URLs by bookmarking them on your PC to watch later. For every new website you find on your own, you do that same thing over and over.
What the player does is deliver everything to you instantly, while allowing you to update channels and add your own. You get new channels quicker this way which also allows you to personalize the TV player more to your liking.
So in other words, you get to stay in one location pretty much because everything you need starts in the member’s area. Furthermore, the service keeps you from harmful websites that could bring a virus, spyware and other malware to your computer.
You are out of harms way when trusting the service to deliver exciting sports, TV shows/episodes, movies, and other free media to your computer.
How You Benefit
- Helps create super Web TV system using your desktop TV)
- Makes a great extra television
- Helps create super Web mobile TV system using your laptop (watch any location)
- Saves time and effort setting up your PC compared to doing everything yourself
- Saves money compared to Satellite/Cable monthly subscription fees
- Never miss a favorite episode or sporting event again
- Streamlines and organizes the delivery of 10,000+ channels and 80+ countries
- Great for bilingual and multilingual individuals as well as for some studying a foreign language
- And many more
We think the greatest benefit to using the DishnetPC service is creating a mobile Web TV system using a laptop, which we did exactly that. You can watch what you want, when you want, from any location in or out of your home. Meaning, you can create an extra television for work, college, a trip, or when traveling afar.
This service provides an easy way, but even better, a quick gateway into Web TV that keeps upgrading itself so that you’re always be up to date on what’s available over the web.
For the price of $34.95 USD, you may look at it as a bargain when comparing this software service to other services out there. With over 10,000 channels and 80+ countries, you get a lot more with this service that continues to be successful in such a competitive market.
In the end, this service will have you setup under five minutes. Despite some of the downsides, some of them can be offset when using the available features enhancements.
One last thing, the DishnetPC software comes with a 15-day money back guarantee, not 30 or 60 days that other services provide. This is not a drawback of any kind because it generally takes new users within a couple of days to decide whether or not to request a full refund. So if you can see the value, we think you will be pleased.
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