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Watch Internet TV, Movies, and Local Content with Zinc TV

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There is certainly no shortage of video entertainment on the web, but it’s not always easy to find the selections you want. Today, we’ll take a look at how to combine your favorite Internet TV, Movies, and local content with Zinc TV.

Zinc TV runs on both Windows and Mac and can even be easily launched through a Firefox extension. Unfortunately, it currently lacks Linux support and access to content may be limited by geographic location.

Getting Started

Before you get started, Zinc requires you to register and create a user account. (See link to Zinc TV website below)


You’ll need to validate your account following instructions sent to you via email.


Next you’ll need to download and install Zinc TV.


It’s a basic install and you can accept the defaults.


Main Menu and Navigation

From the Zinc TV main menu, you’ll find Featured content, Categories, Recently Added, and sites such as Fox, ABC, NBC, Hulu, Netflix, ESPN, etc. You can navigate through Zinc TV with a Media Center remote or a keyboard and mouse. You’ll find icons along the left side for Back, Home, Favorites, Queue, Help, Search, and Menu.

You might also want to try it with a remote app for your phone like the GMote app for Android.


To watch a video or program, select a channel or website.


Select a show you’d like to watch.


You’ll then be presented with the currently available episodes.


Select Play, or add to your Favorites or the Queue.


Zinc TV opens the website and begins playback immediately. By default, video will be played in full screen mode if available.


Queue and Favorites

You can add shows to the Queue for later viewing…


… and save your favorites to watch again.


Add Local Media Folders

Adding your local media to Zinc is easy. Select the Menu button on the side and select Settings.


Select Media Folders…


Select Add Folder and browse for your media directory. You can add multiple folders from local, network, or USB attached storage.


Select Start Scan Now to have Zinc TV scan your media folders immediately, or you can wait until the next time you start the application.


To play the local media files, select the Menu icon and then Local Content.


Then select your media file.


Playback controls will appear when you move your mouse cursor over the screen.


Launching other Applications

You can also launch other media applications like VLC, iTunes and Windows Media Center from Zinc TV. Select Applications from the Settings screen.


Then select Add application and browse for the program.


To launch an application, select Applications from the Menu…


Choose the Application to launch…


…and then select Run. When you exit out of the application you’ll be returned to the Zinc TV interface.


Firefox Extension

If you are a Firefox user you can download and install the Firefox Zinc TV extension and quickly launch Zinc TV from your Firefox browser. Just select the icon at the top right.


Then log in to get access to all your content.



We found Zinc TV to be a surprisingly slick application with an intuitive and easy to use interface. It’s ability to pull in content both locally and from the usual sources like Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, combined with it’s ability to aggregate content from sites like Amazon, ESPN, and Spike TV, make it a real competitive option to the likes of Boxee and

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Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 07/23/10

Comments (6)

  1. mike

    never mentioned that it does’nt work outside of the USA

  2. gcai

    yes more silliness with borders – particularly the Canadian one – living in Toronto I can receive all the US channels OTA or via cable/satellite without problems yet when I wish to view them over the net – no go

    Silly , silly silly or I I could use other descriptors – perhaps the brain trusts who set up these things could include CDN IPs as valid North American viewers ?

  3. RomeoRob

    Yes, indeed that is a pity, because it appears a very good site, perhaps one day it will be available to most other Countries, I certainly hope so .

  4. jfjb

    this is crap

    i tried three different videos,
    I got “Unable to play the media” or something
    and then I had the log in, at each unsucessful try

    this is unacceptable, even on beta

    XP SP3, 3GB RAM, 250GB HD, NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 w/512MB
    what am i missing?

  5. Patrick

    Does Zinc TV support DLNA client? I would like to use it to stream to my Sony Bravia


  6. A

    You live in the wrong country. Move to the US. You’re almost here anyway.

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