Watching TV channels using one’s computer is no longer a new habit to those who want to be entertained without leaving their PC. There are numerous applications that can be used to stream such channels, and SimpleTV is one of them.
The upper side of a portable app
The installation process can be skipped altogether, as this product is portable. As a result, the Windows registry and Start menu/screen are not going to be updated with new entries without your approval, and no leftovers are going to remain on the drive after its removal.
Another important aspect is that you can take SimpleTV anywhere with you, and run it on any computer you come in contact with, on the fly, by moving the program files to a USB thumb drive.
Customize entries and view all available TV stations
The interface of SimpleTV is neatly organized to enable users to easily browse for a TV channel they enjoy - not all of them might be currently online, so one might need to try several of them until a working one is found.
One of the aspects that set SimpleTV apart from similar apps is that users can customize the way each entry is displayed within the list of the main window.
This means that not only can the main icon be replaced with one from your PC, but users can also adjust the brightness, contrast or volume for each channel. In addition, users can crop the video stream, modify the aspect ratio or re-adjust the deinterlacing.
Create playlists, play multimedia files and record streams
Furthermore, it is possible to export the current channel list as an M3U playlist for later use or played with a compatible app. Alternatively, users can download playlists created by other SimpleTV users who shared them online.
Depending on the codecs they have installed on their computer, users can also rely on this utility to play video files from local folders, with the possibility to navigate to the next or previous frames, and increase or decrease speed.
Another important function is its recording capability, as users can capture PiP streams according to a schedule they set up. They can also take snapshots of the currently playing channels.
To sum up, SimpleTV can be a nice application for those who want to stream and record online TV channels and radio stations, while also providing users with the possibility to export their playlist and share it with friends. It does not burden the computer’s performance, the response time is quite good and the interface is simple-to-handle.