June 19, 2010 - Software

Watch live TV broadcasts on your PC. TVU networks uses P2P technology to broadcast TV programs live over the Web. The service is based on a number of patent-pending technologies, covering high-quality video coding, efficient real-time P2P distribution, and effective digital rights management.

TVU Networks Corporation is an Internet company that operates an Internet television broadcasting network that uses P2PTV technology to offer its broadcasters global reach and low costs. Founded in 2005, the company is based in Mountain View, California. [2].

Users download a freeware software application for Windows or Mac OSX called TVUPlayer and can then watch several dozen TV channels over the internet.

As of November 2008 these include the Sci Fi Channel, Spike TV, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, The CW, many of the Chinese CCTV channels, some European channels (including many from France and Germany), Asian Channels and others from around the world.

As of October 2009, some channels disappeared (ABC, NBC, CW). Various local Fox stations are available including Fox News, though Fox News often disappears for a few days then returns.

TVU does not broadcast these channels. It is the responsibility of the individual who rebroadcasts a particular channel on TVU to keep the channel running. It is unknown to the viewer who the rebroadcaster is. It could be the broadcasting company itself which chooses to provide viewers with its broadcast, or some individual who is “capturing” a public broadcast and rebroadcasting it on TVU.

A minimum of pornographic channels are available, generally “pornography light”. On the other hand, there are several channels geared toward an “evangelical audience” as well as channels that have a particular political agenda.

TVU Player usually streams around 20 different channels, from a large American sports network to the major Chinese television channel and you can watch everything from gossip to movies or sports. TVU Player is extremely simple to use, you only have to double click on the channel of your choice, wait a few minutes for it to buffer, and start watching. Refreshing every now and then lets you check whether new channels are on offer.

TVU Player is a bit unstable, so you shouldn’t be surprised if it fails to initialize or if the channel you are watching tends to lag. If very few people are connected to the same channel you might get poor streaming quality, but if you are watching a popular program there should be a good number of peers sharing the load and the transmission will flow. Always remember to check the number of peers before watching a channel.

TVU Player doesn’t let you set your preferences, like your preferred bandwidth speed or which port to use and there is no way of getting extra information on the channels. There is a command button, but we couldn’t figure out what it was meant for, and TVU Player lacks help files to guide you out of problems. The interface window is mid-sized but you can’t enlarge it, though even if you could, we believe you would end up with a pretty poor quality image.

In other words, TVU Player is far from polished. However it’s an exciting application, which opens up the possibilities of television on Internet. While not everybody might be interested in watching Koweit TV, TVU Player still streams big American and Chinese channels and the other eclectic content. Don’t get taken aback by the instability of the application. If you have a solid broadband connection and a keen sense of curiosity, we suggest giving it a try to get a glimpse of the near future of television.


English, Spanish, German, French, Argentinean, Catalan, Chinese Simp, Chinese Trad, Gallego, Italian, Portuguese BR, Russian, Turkish

OS requirements for TVUPlayer:

  • OS: Win2000/XP/Vista

Minimum requirements:

  • Broadband internet connection

Remark: Enjoy the world cup. Found out some installation won’t get the channel list updated well. So i make a repack for easier install for world cup fewer fans. Known nice channel to watch with my isp here is channel 59679 59686.

(Silent Repack with channel list updated)

TVUPlayer TVUPlayer.exe
5.7 MiB 40 Downloads Details...


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