Over the past few weeks we have been covering different applications that allow you watch television shows on your computer. The latest entry in our series is Livestation, which has improved their service recently and has more live television than anything we have covered so far.
The fact that it is supported on multiple platforms is also a huge plus, so users of Windows, Mac, and Linux can all share in the experience.
Installing Livestation on Windows
Installation is quick and easy, just run through the wizard, there are no specific settings to worry about.
After a successful install Livestation will launch and prompt you to create an account.
After your account is created you can start watching live programming. Another screen also launched next to the main application that ran me though a tutorial. You can pull this tutorial up at any time later from the help menu.
The Livestation application is very easy to use and navigate. There is a cool channel carousel that provides a nice flowing selection menu. Visit the Livestation website to add additional channels to your player.
There is a preview screen in the middle of the carousel and you can toggle between that and a large screen by hitting the space bar. If you double click the display it will go to full screen.
You can also set Desktop Alerts to notify you of events. There are three types of alerts which are breaking news, Livestation updates, and new channels. How long the alert displays and its transparency is adjustable.
I have found Livestation to be great for the things I want to watch live which is news and sports. They have over 1300 live channels to choose from in varying languages. You are not going to find episodes of sitcoms on Livestation. For those programs you want to use a video aggregate site or use other TV programs we have covered.
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- Published 10/11/08