What is SelectTV? A Comprehensive Review [April 2020]
How do you feel about having all your favorite TV shows and movies in one place? If you love that idea, you’ll probably like SelectTV.
It’s a fantastic media content aggregator that you can watch from any browser on your computer. It makes picking a title for a movie night a much quicker process. In this article, you’ll learn more about SelectTV’s best features and some of its downsides.
SelectTV – How Does It Work?
The whole idea behind SelectTV is to get rid of cable subscription and make great content available across devices. And since it’s not really a streaming service, and it doesn’t have its original content, it works a bit differently.
It collects content from free sources, like YouTube, FOX, NBC, and others. And it also gathers content from premium services like Netflix, Hulu, and others. At this point, you might be wondering what does this all means in terms of subscription?
The monthly fee is $2.99, but most people opt for the annual subscription, which, at the time of writing, is only $19.95. This price includes all the free content and an HDTV antenna you can use to watch local live TV broadcasts.
Keep in mind, though, that if you want to make the most of SelectTV, you’ll probably subscribe to one or two of the streaming services. But many people find that the aggregation abilities of the service are more than enough when it comes to what they need.
More About Content
Some potential SelectTV subscribers might be discouraged by the notion that the service doesn’t have any original content. After all, that’s what viewers have come to expect from online services.
But what SelectTV lacks in originality, it makes up for with its library. It offers over 700,000 TV episodes and over 100,000 movies. You also get an online TV guide to make your search for the right film easier than ever.
You can also find live channels and radio stations with SelectTV. You can think of it as all the channels combined in one. It won’t have all the episodes of every show, so binge-watching might not always work. But even the pickiest viewers will always be able to find something to enjoy watching.
If you want access to all of the SelectTV features, you’ll have to use a web browser on your laptop or desktop computer. A flash-enabled tablet will also work. An Android and iOS SelectTV apps are also available, and you can download it to your mobile device.
You’ll be able to have access to live channels, on-demand content, and radio stations. For smart TV users, this could come as a deal-breaker, but there are some solutions.
And if you’re wondering about how many streaming devices can be connected to one account, the answer is – as many as you want.
If you have a Google Chromecast, you can use it with the SelectTV app. And you can also connect your HDMI cable to your laptop and enjoy the SelectTV to the fullest.
SelectTV isn’t just very functional and organized; it also has a well-designed interface. Most users will find it easy to navigate through it. When you find something to watch, all you have to do is click on the title and SelectTV will show you where you can watch it for free.
The videos aren’t embedded, but that would perhaps be a bit too much to ask from a web-aggregator. There also isn’t much customization available. But there is a slider from “Free” to “All,” which includes paid content.
And that’s all you’ll really need anyway. Also, don’t be surprised to see some ads on the navigation screen. Plus, keep in mind, since it’s not a streaming service, that looking for the “streaming quality” feature will be a futile quest.
Is SelectTV Right for You?
If you’re already hooked on a lot of original TV shows from Netflix and Hulu, you might not see what SelectTV can do for you. But if you’re excited about the prospect of having a massive library of content from many different networks for a small aggregation fee, then this is the right choice for you.
The number of streaming services is on the rise, and it’s probably going to become even more complicated to manage all the subscriptions. Not to mention the high costs involved. That’s where a concept like SelectTV proves its worth.
Have you ever used SelectTV before? Let us know in the comments section below.