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SelectTV Review + Walkthrough

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Published on Sep 2, 2016

SelectTV Review – My review of SelectTV (or Select TV), a new online video service that aggregates TV shows, movies, etc. into their online entertainment guide. The current subscription rate for SelectTV is $2.99/month. Watch my review and walkthrough above to find out if SelectTV is right for you.

Main Website – http://selecttv.com
Login – http://selecttv.freecast.com

SelectTV Review Summary: SelectTV is a guide to all of the (legal) TV shows / episodes, movies, channels, and other entertainment content online. In addition to a lot of free content, SelectTV also aggregates pay per view (Amazon, Vudu, iTunes) and subscription content (Netflix, Hulu, etc.). The content they connect you to is usually either embedded or iframed, sometimes opened in new tab. Essentially, their value proposition for SelectTV is the convenience of quickly and easily finding what you want to watch online without spending too much time searching – for example, if you’re looking for Season 4, Episode 2 of NBC’s The Voice, they’ll tell you where it’s available for free, whether it’s part of your existing subscriptions, or compare prices on pay per view services. They also have an interesting section called “Channels”, which includes what they call “curated” channels from around the web (more about that below).

After reviewing SelectTV for a bit, here are my impressions:

SelectTV Review Pros:

• Nice interface – clean and easy to find your way around
• Really deep content selection – appears to have just about every TV show and movie I search for, even if it’s not always free
• Good filtering/drill down – lots of options to filter by genre, decade, category, etc.
• Up to date – they seem to be updating this every day with the latest episodes, etc.
• Personalization – you can pick out your favorite content types to personalize your experience
• Channels – In addition to the guide aspect, they also have “1000+” channels. While these aren’t your standard cable channels, they do provide a similar experience to cable, with lots of different interests and genres covered (news, sports, entertainment, etc.)

SelectTV Review Cons:

• No free trial – you have to pay up front to see what’s under the hood, would be nice if they added a way for people to take a test-drive before committing to the $2.99
• No exclusive content – because they’re a guide, you’re not getting exclusive access to anything. They just make it easier to find the content. For someone who is already pretty savvy when it comes to finding where to watch stuff on the web, this might not be as valuable to you as someone who enjoys the convenience of everything in one place.
• Ads – the on-page ads aren’t bad, but if you’re looking for a Netflix-like experience (no ads) you’re not going to get it – SelectTV embeds, iframe and links out to other content providers, so you’re still going to get the pre-roll ads on videos (like you see on Hulu, Crackle, ABC.com, etc.).

Overall, after completing my review, I’d say SelectTV definitely has value for anyone looking to find free, legal TV shows and movies more easily on the Internet, and the channels add a nice bonus as well. If you’re more into torrents, kodi, etc., this might not be worth it for you, but for the average web user I think it’s probably worth the $2.99 price tag.

If you’re not totally sure whether it’s for you and you’re not willing to risk the $2.99, maybe wait for the free trial to come out (which I assume it will at some point).

Are you a SelectTV user? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think – do you love it? Do you hate it? Interested to see other people’s impressions.

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