Watch 70 TV Stations for free

Martin Brinkmann
May 5, 2006
Updated • May 4, 2013
Music and Video, tv

Channelchooser lets you watch more than 70 TV stations for free using your favorite web browser. All you need to do is visit the Channel Chooser website and click on one of the channels displayed there. You find all sorts of TV stations on the website, from music channels to cartoons, gaming, poker and even some adult channels. Note that you do need Adobe's Flash Player installed and enabled on your system to watch TV on the ChannelChooser website. Sometimes, Microsoft Silverlight is required instead.

The main page displays a selection of available channels right on the frontpage. I suggest you check out the popular channels listing first as it offers a good selection of some of the best channels the site has to offer.

I had no issues playing the channels in Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, and it is likely that the plays will work in all other modern browsers as well. The channels that I tried all opened up in the same browser window. Previously, some opened up in a new window as well and it may happen that will still stumble upon some that do.

The website has improved significantly ever since it has been reviewed by us in 2006. One of the most interesting changes is that the website is now linking to more than one thousand different movie channels. Not all channels are TV channel streams though. It is however interesting that you get lots of U.S. television streams right on the site. This includes auto racing, Nascar, Formula 1 and Champcar on ESPN, tv shows on The CW, as well as movie lots of other channels that you usually only get in the U.S.

channel chooser espn nascar

Another interesting starting point are the categories the website displays underneath the player. Here you can browse channels sorted into genres such as movies, gaming, sports or kids. Especially the movies section includes several channels that play movies non-stop on the site. While you may not find the latest blockbusters here, you find many classics and even recent movies here that you can play in the browser.

The majority of channels are in English which can be a problem if your English is not the best. You may however on the other hand access shows and movies that are not available in your country of origin at all, which may make up for it.

I suggest you give it a try. While it may take some time to browse the channels or get an overview of what is being offered, it may be well worth the time you spend on the site.

Tip: You can switch to the world listing at the top to display Internet channels from specific countries instead. Note that some limit access to users from the country, while others do not have those restrictions.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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