P2P tool for broadcasting and receiving video and audio
Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000
SopCast, also known as SopPlayer, is a peer-to-peer video client used to stream live TV channels from around the world for free. SopCast comes loaded with a large listing of channels, but you can also import server details into the client. SopCasst is perfect for individuals who you live in area with limited TV broadcast, immigrants who'd like to stream content from their homeland or people who'd simply like to expand their viewing experience.
After logging into your account and getting past SopCast's HTML "Home" tab, you get to the heart of the program. SopCast's "Live Channels" tab can be a bit overwhelming at first, but it's bookmarking features helps you to work your way through its available channels and save your favorites. After you've established favorites, your bookmarked channels will appear at the top of the listing of channels.
Launching a stream through SopCast is as simple as clicking on a channel's link. It can take a minute or two to connect to a channel and buffer, but that's no fault of SopCasts as server speeds can vary greatly. Entering a SopCast server's details into the program consists of keying the server's address into the client's "Address" field and connecting to the server.
SopCast provide channel statistics so that you'll know what quality and speeds to expect from your live extremes, which helps to confirm or eliminate concerns when you experience problems with streaming. You can see the server's help, the amount of peers connected to it and a quality rating for it.
The clients player is based on Windows Media Player. If desired, you can stream your SopCast videos through the full version of Windows Media Player to take advantage of the media player's enhancements and playback controls. SopCast merges its own controls with the Windows Media Player playback controls. SopCast controls enable you to record, zoom and favorite channels.
SopCast's VOD (video on demand) channels are no longer active, though the program includes a tab for them. The "VOD" tab is blank to attest to the service's removal.
SopCast has a large community and an extremely responsive client, making the program a reliable for live streaming of peer-to-peer video. While you make encounter lag or low-quality content, SopCast has the ability to stream high quality video and deliver a stutter-free viewing experience.
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