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Faulty key features

Skip this toolbar for one with less clutter and better functionality.

This free toolbar is supposed to bring online TV to your desktop while you browse the Web, but the only thing it brought to the table was a cluttered interface and faulty performance. While you can remove some of the clutter, there didn't seem to be a way to solve the functionality issues.

Online TV Toolbar fits snugly in your Internet Explorer browser. The tiny shortcut icons make the toolbar appear cluttered and hard to decipher. It is customizable, so you can remove the default buttons and add buttons for your favorite gadgets and applications. Like most toolbars, it offers the standard pop-up blocker, weather forecast, and e-mail notifier, and all performed well. But such was not the case when we got to the toolbar's Internet radio. It failed to play any of the preset stations, or any of the stations we manually entered. What's more, the key features for online TV also failed to work. Most of the built-in television stations were from other countries, and we weren't able to access very many. With the exception of the few U.S. links, clicking on a specific station introduced a drop-down window, but the screen never appeared. The toolbar doesn't let you add your own stations.

A new version of the toolbar is available for download, and we can only hope that the glitches are fixed. As it is now, you'll get a standard array of toolbar features with Online TV Toolbar, but very little Online TV.

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