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Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player

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We love free Internet radio and TV, even when it's a pain to access channels and stations; the variety of the programming more than makes up the inconvenience. Still, it could be easier, thanks partly to free tools like Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player. Kevin Solway's free player lets you quickly switch between Internet radio and TV stations without opening them individually in your browser. It requires up-to-date versions of both Windows Media Player and RealPlayer. It addition, you have to have RealPlayer open when running Solway's player.

Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player includes an associated tool, Solway's Audio Recorder, which lets you record tunes off the Net as MP3, WMA, or Ogg Vorbis files at three quality levels. The TV and Radio player itself lists stations in a sidebar to the left of the main display. The player's controls are basic, though we could switch between Radio and TV lists, specify broadband or dial-up stations, and show only Favorites. Clicking New or Edit let us add or modify station details using the same properties sheet, which has fields for both Home and Stream URLs. The player includes a decent selection of radio stations and an adequate TV station list that is more than a little typical of free TV players, with plenty of public-affairs channels, national stations, and music video channels.

We started by limiting the lists to broadband offerings, which greatly reduced the radio station list but had less effect on the TV station list, which admittedly is much smaller than the radio list. Solway's doesn't offer a plethora of settings like some media players (RealPlayer handles some of that) but it does let you link to a recorder application (like the supplied default recording app, Solway's Audio Recorder) with the ability to directly access your Windows Recording and Playback Mixers. We sampled a variety of the supplied TV and radio stations. Not surprisingly, we had better luck with the radio stations than we did with the streaming video, but few of the listed TV stations seemed especially appealing. Specifying our own stations produced better results.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Especially good for listening to radio, and recording."

    July 1, 2011  |   By ksolway

    Version: Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player 1.54

    Pros

    - Good radio player
    - Good recording to MP3
    - Free
    - No popups

    Cons

    - Not many TV stations available, but this isn't a fault of the player - since it's only a player.

    Summary

    A great way to listen to and record free radio from all over the world.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does NOT work!"

    April 9, 2009  |   By SaintlyMic

    Version: Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player 1.54

    Pros

    NONE!!!!!!

    Cons

    Does NOT Work!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "The Best Free internet TV site"

    December 11, 2007  |   By welyweah

    Version: Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player 1.54

    Pros

    CNET

    There are a lot of new internet TV sites out there. most of them offer a free trial or preview and then they make you pay to sign up, or are cluttered with ads. I think that is ridiculous... so ive done my research and have found a couple of really decent sites. The first one Id like to draw your attention to is (viewmy.tv) This site has almost 1300 channels from around the globe and counting. it is free to register and they dont ask for stupid details, just your username and email address. It actually streams live channels so you dont have to download any and they have a pretty easy way of finding the channel you want. You can search through genre, country, region or name of the channel. oh and there are no ads either. Check this one out. With over 1300 channels from hundreds of countries, loads of features like channel rating, user recommendations, live chat, profile pages and much much more.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Radio is better than the TV."

    November 24, 2007  |   By Zane77

    Version: Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player 1.54

    Pros

    This player has about 60 radio stations most are played with windows media player, some are played with real player.

    It only has 17 TV channels all of the TV Channels are played with windows media player.

    Cons

    Not all of the TV channels can be played from this player. But if you right click on a channel that will not play, go to the web site and it can be played. Also needs more TV channels added to this player.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nice compact programm"

    July 19, 2007  |   By ron6310

    Version: Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player 1.54

    Pros

    Nice small software, easy to install. option to take audio streams

    Cons

    Can't take movie-streams, less stations

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent. East TV stations work well"

    May 17, 2007  |   By hongtykoon

    Version: Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player 1.54

    Pros

    Good streaming. It use windows media player most of the time. US stations do no work well. East Asia stations are good.

    New stations are being added daily.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Small but does what it says..."

    March 4, 2007  |   By Zalcho

    Version: Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player 1.54

    Pros

    (1) Maybe I stumbled across this or it is intended. Able to open Solway's app, open up a big station site, and then record some songs through Solway - was nice for me to go back and get the information of who played what.

    (2) It is simple for newbies like me. &:-D

    (3) Installed easily - did not have virus problem described on 02 March. As I also use Antivir, maybe key is where it was downloaded from?

    Cons

    Documentation could be a bit better.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Virus or unwanted program 'EXP/JS.CVE2005-1790'"

    March 2, 2007  |   By djase10

    Version: Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player 1.54

    Pros

    nil

    Cons

    Scanned with antiVir+AVG after download & all was good , until the extraction then-

    AntiVir Warning me with audible BEEPS & & best of all the Solution.

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