SPB TV 2.0 is out; now free

For those of you who like free things, especially when they used to cost money then SPB will make your day. They upgraded their SPB TV software to 2.0 and in turn, made it freeware (previously it was $14.99). See a review of the older version here.

Well, it does play a mini-ad before your program starts, so more like a Hulu-method sans the cool content. A lot of it is local stations and some web-based things, no major networks, so this isn't a Hulu/Slingbox replacement by any means.

Other additions to 2.0 include

  • Video-on-Demand channels added
  • High quality h264/AVC streams supported
  • Hardware video acceleration support improved
  • Advertising added into opening screen
  • Backlight supported for new devices
  • Other bugfixes

We can't say it doesn't work well and it that is serves as a great "I'm bored, need something to do while I wait for the dentist" program, so we say go for it, after all it won't cost you anything.

It's available in touchscreen and non-touchscreen versions and you can grab it right here; unfortunately it's not available yet in the Marketplace.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • It's great! I've downloaded and works smoothly in my Samsung Omnia II. I recommended it to all of you reading! Go get it! :)
  • I was also a little ticked off that I spent $14.95 last fall for this product and now it's free.
  • SHAME on SPB. I bought SPB TV at $14.99 full price, and now it is free .... What if they do the same thing with other products of threirs? It means that noone could rely on this company, because when you pay money for some product it may become a freeware product later (say after a week or month). It would be right for anybody who bought that software to request a full refund from SPB! I have to say SHAME ON THEM, THEY BETRAYED THEIR LOYAL CUSTOMERS.
  • Rubbish when it was paid and still rubbish now its free. Channel lineup consists of mostly non-english channels and doesnt include any worthwhile US or European English channels. No wonder its free.
  • this link is for touchscreen winmo only, not non-touchscreen phones.
  • That's really wonderful.All its features are quite impressive like integrated TV guide, a browser with "fast channels launch", and the ability to set a reminder.
  • I'd rather stick with Online TVx Mobile - the best one in its segment: more channels, more functionality, careful customer support!
    i say NO to rubbish Spb TV
    i say YES to fantastic Online TVx Mobile http://mobile.onlinetvx.com
  • Online TVx is much more better
    all other s**ks