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PPLive lets you watch free television from across the world on your PC, including live sport, live news, the latest episodes of top dramas and comedies, and a host of brand new movie blockbusters. When you first encounter PPLive you’ll realize that the whole user interface is in Chinese. Don’t panic too much because there is a way to change this into English.Right-clicking on the fourth option from the bottom (the one that looks like a squiggle) you’re presented with the chance to change the interface into English. The list of streaming feeds in PPLive is pretty comprehensive, and although many are in Chinese, it’s possible to dig around and find some great programs such as Desperate Housewives, English Premiership football games, American Idol, WWE wrestling, and a host of new films . Clicking on the link in the ‘Currently’ category on the PPLive listings page brings up the schedule of programs for that particular channel for the day, although many repeat the same show or movie all day.You can also search channels by category, such as sports, movies, news, cartoons, etc. The task of finding western movies and shows with PPLive is made all the more tricky by the Chinese-to-English translations of the programs, which can be a little baffling until you get used to it.To give you some clues to start with: Friends is known as ‘Six person of like’; Desperate Housewives becomes ‘Crazy Housewives’, and Brokeback Mountain is curiously known as ‘Breaks arm mountain.’ Clicking on a show in PPLive will open your media player and begin playing the show or film from the start. You can choose to use the built-in media player (which is rather limited in features), or open in Windows Media Player or Real Player. PPLive uses P2P technology to share TV shows, so the more people are online the faster and more reliable the access will be, and we were pleasantly surprised by the speed in which most of the streams are buffered and the quality of the video. Although it’s about as easy to use as a rubber saw, PPLive is certainly worth investing a bit of time and patience in if you want to watch TV for free online.Free

  • Version: 1.9.21
  • Compatibility: Windows 98Windows 98 SEWindows MEWindows 2000Windows NTWindows XPWindows Vista
  • License: Free
  • Part of: Internet TV