I?m going to start on a bit of a naughty one here because I?m not entirely sure of the legality of this programme, but I have been using it a fair bit lately, and so it?ll be included.
In their own words -
SoP is abbreviation for Streaming over P2P. Sopcast is the Streaming Direct Broadcast System based on P2P. The core is the communication protocol produced by Sopcast Team, which is named Sop://, or sop technology. Our goal is to let everyone in the world have a chance to set up their own on-line media world!
I discovered SopCast by searching the internet for a programme that would stream live English Premiership matches to me? for free. In order to watch Football matches here in the UK you either have to subscribe to a satellite TV package or go to the local pub and hope they?re showing it, and so something that promised this to me would be quite a benefit. I was cautious at first and wasn?t sure if it would come up to scratch, but once I?d installed it I was very happy.
I downloaded a .zip file from here, unzipped it and ran the programme, following simple prompts, and in a few minutes I was presented with a stylish interface prompting me to login. I thought this could?ve been a stumbling block as I didn?t really want to register on something which as I?ve already mentioned could be slightly dodgy, but I was allowed to login anonymously and from there I was able to select TV channels.
There are quite a few channels on SopCast and I have to admit I?ve only looked at the sports channels, but with a simple click on the channel of choice a small screen pops up, and following about 30 seconds of buffering the picture becomes clear. A click of an icon to the bottom right of the screen transfers the channel to Windows Media Player to offer fullscreen viewing.
Some of the channels are streamed from Chinese TV, or from other nations, and if your internet connection is weak the picture quality can be reduced or won?t buffer, so I can?t guarantee that it?ll just be like watching normal TV, but at the end of the day you get access to channels you would otherwise have to pay for.
Of course the real bonus for me is the free football!! If it is something you are interested in then click here to find out which games are being televised on which channels.