Winter weather here in Chicago can be brutal but it was far worse when I was growing up. Now we have global climate change and above freezing weather in February, but that doesn’t mean we head out for tennis or golf. Nope. We Chicago folks do what any red, white, and ice blue Americans do in the dead of winter.
We watch TV. What’s not to like about a cable TV service with 300 channels? What’s not to like about Apple TV in video source #2 with a few hundred more plus YouTube and Netflix? What’s not to like about CloudTV and 400 more TV channels?
Wait. What? CloudTV? What’s that?
Exactly. It’s something new that goes beyond Amazon Prime, beyond whatever swill Google pushes, and the standard network fare on the cable channels. CloudTV is international television. 400 channels of what you probably haven’t seen anywhere else. Ever. You know. Like The CW.
CloudTV is a Mac app and in the typical Mac spirit it’s one app for up to five users, so you can watch television as you’ve never seen it on every Mac in your house. It couldn’t be much easier to use, either.
Simply select from the channel listings, then select a program to watch. And there are plenty. US channels. French channels. Greek channels. BBC channels. Italy, Switzerland, German, Belgium, Portugal, and more.
What’s not to like?
Well, as it turns out there are a few caveats to complete the caveat emptor alert. First, some of the TV programs are restricted to viewing within a particular country which means the streaming is only available to specific IP address ranges. A VPN client on your Mac that has locations in other countries might overcome some of that restriction. Second, television in the rest of the world is much different than TV in the good old U.S. of A. In some cases, viewers are taken to new heights of boredom. In other cases, risqué is the order of the day and you may see much more than the tall blonde porn princesses from Fox News.
Also, you may need to speak a different language to understand the action.
The good news is CloudTV will stream nicely over AirPlay from your Mac, so you can view what you can get of the 400 or so TV channels on your big screen TV. At $11 CloudTV is not an enormous investment for a few hundred additional television channels, but it’s a big of a risk because of the IP address and in-country restrictions.