Louisgray.com has just brought a new TV streaming service to our attention. theChanner calls itself a “world TV tuner”Â and aggregates streaming TV from all over the world, boasting more than 160 channels at the moment, and comes bundled with an attractive and finger-friendly Windows Mobile client.
Uniquely it also has a social element – if you find a channel you like you can send that bookmark to a fellow user via e-mail, text or bluetooth beaming. You can also leave comments on a channel which other people can read. This would be especially useful in finding good channels, as of course quality varies greatly depending on the source, and most channels are from outside USA.
The application has potential and beats the socks off any Web site-based viewer that lets you watch TV channels, but it’s still a little rough around the edges as with any beta. I want to see more channels added, specifically US based ones. CNN India is nice, if you happen to live in India, but what about CNN United States? The other thing I was not too thrilled about was adding a shortcut to start TheChanner on my phone’s home screen. Unless that was an option I selected, which I’m almost positive I did not, don’t force it to be an icon on my home screen, let me choose. All in all the application is worth checking out, if you are looking for free streaming tv on your Windows Mobile device give it a shot. You can also always install the application to a Windows desktop PC, if you don’t have a Windows Mobile device.
The service is currently in closed beta, but in you want to apply to be part see theChanner site here.
Read the full review at LoiusGray.com