A friend sent me a link to a product called “PCShowBuzz” that promises to give you access to more than 1,000 movie, news, sports, and music channels on the Web. My friend wanted to know if this product was for real, or was it a scam of some sort.
The answer is that it’s a little of both. I have not tested this producted myself, but based on the research I have done about it, it appears to be a program that puts a nice front end on services that you can find for free anyway. If you search on Google for “streaming video channels”, you’ll find a lot of choices including sites such as Beeline TV which lists more than 100 streaming video channels. You can find a wide variety of content in a range of languages. Are you studying Spanish or French? Watch broadcasts in those languages to practice your comprehension. In general, you use a standard media player to watch the content, with RealPlayer, Quicktime, and Microsoft Media Player being the most popular choices. Most of the streams have low resolution and you’ll still need broadband for good results, but they’re free and the content ranges from blah to wow!
Do you need to pay for a product that makes it easy to find these free channels, and to make it easy to select them? It depends on what your time is worth. But if you’re willing to do a little exploring, there’s a ton of fun and informative content available on the streaming video channels on the Web.