There's a guy that moved into my apt building recently that says his brother has a product he bought that you pay a one time fee for and it streams satellite TV from anywhere in the world onto your PC via a broadband connection (his is 3MB). He says the image quality is just as good as satellite TV and HD broadcasts look like true HD.
He said it was called PC Satellite, but I'm guessing it's either Satellite PC Box, or Satellite TV For PC, as I've seen none by the name he mentioned. Of the two Satellite TV For PC is the only one having a version priced at the one time fee of $100 he said his brother paid. Also, since the guy doesn't wear glasses and has driven professionally before (charter bus line) and is again seeking such work, I have to assume his vision is fairly good.
I've been researching this a bit on Google but I'm a bit skeptical. For one I keep finding the same types of links from what appear to be the same person or manufacturers showing the same products. For another there's some chat I found in response to certain blog reviews claiming these products are scams, some even containing ID theft malware.
The main players in this type of service seem to be Satellite PC Box and Satellite TV for PC. Some claim these are legit ones, saying others are scams and don't have actual streaming/listing software with the service and actually have hidden monthly fees rather than the one time fee they claim.
My gut feeling tells me this is too good to be true, and that if there were such a thing it would have to be a subscription with monthly fees just like regular satellite and cable works. The thing is though, this guy that told me about it seems to be trustworthy and says he's seen it for himself.
So, anyone here tried Satellite PC Box or any similar services? They say you don't need any hardware, yet one of the blogs reviewing it says otherwise, despite it looking like a manufacturer's ad more than a blog. Supposedly Satellite PC Box is a $49.95 one time fee. Hard to believe.
LOL, total posts "1" for you so far. Since this is the same info I've read on numerous links by what appear to be the same "reviewer", I'll have to assume this is an ad disguised as a review.
Where are the actual customer reviews on these services? The only time I see anyone that doesn't look like a SPAM bot talking about them they warn of them all being scams.
Satellite broadcasts like cable broadcasts are licensed property. To expect to be able to pay a one time low fee and watch such channels as I mentioned before sounds too good to be true.
Just thought I'd let you guys know the guy that told me about this type of service says this is the one his brother uses. [COLOR=Blue] PC Satellite TV .com[/COLOR]
He's going to be getting it himself soon and I will then see first hand how it works. He has an 8MB connection though and I a mere 1.5MB. There is also nothing in the FAQ regarding any required connection speed even though one would think that would be one of the most commonly asked questions.
Thus I remain skeptical on that as well as stream quality. It seems such a service would almost assuredly have to compress the content to stream it without high bandwidth required. A couple other things that make me skeptical are the "almost sold out" pitch and their showing the demo on a small inset window on the display, rather than full screen, as if playing it full screen would cause pixelation, as usually happens with compressed content.
None the less I will be back with a mini review and if it looks good on my neighbor's 8MB connection I'll probably give it a go on my 1.5MB DSL line. Even if the 1.5MB speed struggles with it I may keep the service anyway because there's a chance AT&T, whom now have phone and DSL service in my area, may have 6MB speed here, which they offer in most places they have DSL service and at a very good price.
To be honest, it probably won't use more than 300kbits.
Ill tell you right out. Its a scam and doesnt work like a normal tv you wont get any channels but them free normal basic channels. my buddie trid it and was pissed.
it is a SCAM. You get mostly more non USA shows then US shows lol
@Wraith, from what I've seen using Fox's older video recap viewer, which was way better than they have now, HD content can stream at as high as 1300Kbps, usually hovering between 1100 and that. The recap viewer they used to have showed full screen in HD quality, buffered fast, and had a built in digital data rate meter.
EDITED: Just found an article that defines HD streaming technology and the bitrates required very concisely. [COLOR=Blue]Streamingmedia.com: The State of High-Definition Streaming [COLOR=Black]According to Adobe:[/COLOR][/COLOR] “When you look at what HD is when encoded in H.264, 480p video looks good between 1.5—3Mbps, 720p between 3—7Mbps, and 1080 between 8—15Mbps,” says Adobe’s Towes. “Being able to sustain a stream above 15Mbps is just not a reality right now, but it’s only blocked by consumer bandwidth to the home.”
Thus, I guess you need at least a 3MB connection to stream HD, and I have only 1.5MB right now, though I may have a 6MB AT&T connection soon if all goes well. My neighbor that is ordering this service has 8Mbps, so he should even be able to stream 1080. His is cable rather than DSL though, which can vary in speed. Qwest DSL, which I have now, is already offering 20MB, but there's no way I'm going to pay $100 a month for DSL.
BTW, I should note that I feel the above are very conservative guidelines for specifically FULL HD uncompressed content. I have seen x264 HD compressions of 1080p Blu-ray movies that are much lower in file size than the original and I honestly can barely see any difference. It looks better than HD TV, but not quite as good as Blu-ray on just a 720p TV. Compressed streams using advanced codec technology is going to be the future of HD I think. @G33, I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case because Euro laws are much more loose regarding file sharing and streaming. Every satellite and cable broadcast here in the states is protected licensed property.
However, regarding free local channels even that would be way better than what I get now, which is HD reception via an outdated antenna our building has on NBC and CBS, and if I try to get ABC in I have to fiddle with my coax cable, then I often lose one of the other two.
Some neighbors of mine whom still have analog TVs bought those HD converter boxes that are being advertised alot that coupons are being offered for. After coupons you can get one for only $20 and they get a lot more channels than I do, well at least until the wind or something played hell with our roof antenna. It could be the guys installing windows in our building right now, they were up on the roof rigging up scaffolding. What's weird is though, my reception hasn't really changed.
Anyways, I'm not sure one of those would work to get me more channels because I already have an HD tuner in my TV and those are supposed to be for converting digital to analog I think. But even though this PC Satellite service costs $50 (albeit a one time fee), it wouldn't have to rely on antenna reception and if I get all the locals plus lots of foreign channels it may still be worth it.
Like I said, he's getting it soon and I can see it for myself, then I'll report back to finish up this thread. Thanks for all your input and if anyone else has tried this service please comment.
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