Television for your BlackBerry with SPB TV

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It’s going to be a great day when we can get the same quality programming of our television, streamed to our BlackBerry. Currently, you can use the Slingbox to do this, but a cheaper software solution would be ideal.

SPB has released SPB TV which allows you to get some basic programming to your device. The software comes with the following features:

  • 100+ international live TV channels, in 20+ languages;
  • Unique TV browser with quick channels preview and list of current & upcoming TV shows;
  • Integrated full week’s TV guide;
  • Ability to set Calendar reminders for TV shows of interest;
  • Fast channel launching and switching technologies;
  • Full support of hardware buttons control.

While the programming isn’t great, and it’s restricted to publicly available channels, it is a relatively cheap television for BlackBerry solution.

Check out the free trial and if you like the software, the product costs $9.95.

  • cletis

    So if I understand their product correctly, it is a central directory from which one can browse lots and lots of public TV channels which are already streaming their content over the web. So this product gives you the convenience and the nightmare of having perhaps hundreds of channels from around the world to sift through before finding those in which you are interested. It seems that since all of their content is already available from the content providers’ websites, then an alternative to this product would be simply using the Bolt browser to view those channels you wish to view without going through the convenience/nightmare of the SPBTV interface. And Bolt is free. So I guess if you think this product is a convenience, it may be worth $10. (After all, these guys have already gone through the trouble of figuring out which channels do offer their content freely over the ‘net, and they’ve categorized them all; that might just be worth $10 right there. I know I’m starting to talk myself into it.)

    Also, I was unable to find a single channel that would actually play in the trial version — which makes it not much of a trial, since you get no idea of how well the product actually works.

    Anybody have a differing opinion?

  • cletis

    So if I understand their product correctly, it is a central directory from which one can browse lots and lots of public TV channels which are already streaming their content over the web. So this product gives you the convenience and the nightmare of having perhaps hundreds of channels from around the world to sift through before finding those in which you are interested. It seems that since all of their content is already available from the content providers’ websites, then an alternative to this product would be simply using the Bolt browser to view those channels you wish to view without going through the convenience/nightmare of the SPBTV interface. And Bolt is free. So I guess if you think this product is a convenience, it may be worth $10. (After all, these guys have already gone through the trouble of figuring out which channels do offer their content freely over the ‘net, and they’ve categorized them all; that might just be worth $10 right there. I know I’m starting to talk myself into it.)

    Also, I was unable to find a single channel that would actually play in the trial version — which makes it not much of a trial, since you get no idea of how well the product actually works.

    Anybody have a differing opinion?

  • broadcastmonkey

    doesnt work, can only ever get the first channel to run, anything else and there is always a connection problem, paid the 10bucks to find that out hmmm!!!

  • broadcastmonkey

    doesnt work, can only ever get the first channel to run, anything else and there is always a connection problem, paid the 10bucks to find that out hmmm!!!

  • sam a

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Actually saved me from downloading a useless trial version. It’s puzzling to me why they would disable play in a trial version that will expire.

  • sam a

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Actually saved me from downloading a useless trial version. It’s puzzling to me why they would disable play in a trial version that will expire.

  • pacmanateme

    cledtis, that is how well the product actually works. I beta tested for them for a bit. Most channels that were in English didn’t stream at all, some only streamed audio. Some worked, however the picture was poor and the stream kept skipping, even while on wifi. I wouldn’t give them $3 for this product, let alone $10.

  • pacmanateme

    cledtis, that is how well the product actually works. I beta tested for them for a bit. Most channels that were in English didn’t stream at all, some only streamed audio. Some worked, however the picture was poor and the stream kept skipping, even while on wifi. I wouldn’t give them $3 for this product, let alone $10.

  • cletis

    @pacmanateme: Thanks for your feedback that the product isn’t worth the money. However, the trial version does not even attempt to start the stream; instead, when you hit Play on any channel, you see the following message: “The full version of SPB TV allows you: watch all public channels, makes reminders in program schedule, manage channels list” along with a Register option and a Cancel option. So it’s clear that the trial version will not let you actually try it.

    So yeah, the trial is useless, and the feedback here from people who’ve bought it is all negative. Obvious skip.

  • cletis

    @pacmanateme: Thanks for your feedback that the product isn’t worth the money. However, the trial version does not even attempt to start the stream; instead, when you hit Play on any channel, you see the following message: “The full version of SPB TV allows you: watch all public channels, makes reminders in program schedule, manage channels list” along with a Register option and a Cancel option. So it’s clear that the trial version will not let you actually try it.

    So yeah, the trial is useless, and the feedback here from people who’ve installed the full version is all negative. Obvious skip.

  • cletis

    @pacmanateme: Thanks for your feedback that the product isn’t worth the money. However, the trial version does not even attempt to start the stream; instead, when you hit Play on any channel, you see the following message: “The full version of SPB TV allows you: watch all public channels, makes reminders in program schedule, manage channels list” along with a Register option and a Cancel option. So it’s clear that the trial version will not let you actually try it.

    So yeah, the trial is useless, and the feedback here from people who’ve bought it is all negative. Obvious skip.

  • cletis

    @pacmanateme: Thanks for your feedback that the product isn’t worth the money. However, the trial version does not even attempt to start the stream; instead, when you hit Play on any channel, you see the following message: “The full version of SPB TV allows you: watch all public channels, makes reminders in program schedule, manage channels list” along with a Register option and a Cancel option. So it’s clear that the trial version will not let you actually try it.

    So yeah, the trial is useless, and the feedback here from people who’ve installed the full version is all negative. Obvious skip.

  • Ben

    I have the full version and it works fine. Very few channels are in English which can be frustrating as I only speak that language. The English channels are good. Picture and sound comes in fine. I run it on my Storm over EVDO and have no problems.

  • Ben

    I have the full version and it works fine. Very few channels are in English which can be frustrating as I only speak that language. The English channels are good. Picture and sound comes in fine. I run it on my Storm over EVDO and have no problems.

  • Ben

    I have the full version and it works fine. Very few channels are in English which can be frustrating as I only speak that language. The English channels are good. Picture and sound comes in fine. I run it on my Storm over EVDO and have no problems.

  • billyinnov8

    Hi, I bought this app last night and it seems to work pretty well, a lot depends on the internet speed but I am happy with the purchase. A question though, I am using the app on a Blackberry Bold and I am not sure how one gets the options of “brightness, volume and screen flow” as the Bold does not have a touch screen…..any tips?