SOP, also known as SopCast, is a program that allows you to stream live video channels across the Internet using peer-to-peer sharing protocol, or P2P. This is the same protocol used in file-sharing programs, such as Napster or BitTorrent. With SopCast, you can access user-posted channels, many of which contain broadcasts of live television channels, including sporting events such as NFL games and soccer matches. The program is free to download, but only runs in Windows, which requires the installation of an additional program, CrossOver, to allow it to run on a Mac running OS X.
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Download the demo version of CrossOver.
Install CrossOver by opening the DMG file and dragging the CrossOver application icon into the "Applications" folder.
Download the SopCast player.
Download VLC Player for Windows.
Install the SopCast player by clicking "Configure" and "Install Software..." For help installing software, refer to the documentation in the Resources section.
Install VLC in the same manner.
Open SopCast. It will open in the CrossOver program window.
Log in as an anonymous user by clicking "Login..." at the bottom of the window that opens when the SopCast player is launched.
Refer to the SopCast player manual for any required troubleshooting or instructions.
Click the "Options" button at the bottom of the SopCast player window.
Select the radio button labelled "Use my own media player." Navigate to the location that VLC was installed in (by default it is C:/Program Files) and select it.
Select a channel to watch under the "Live Channels" tab. Play a channel by double-clicking on its name.
Click the external player button to open the stream in VLC. This button is located furthest to the left in the row of buttons near the play button along the bottom of the player window.
Watch the stream in VLC. Changing channels and making other adjustments will have to the performed in SopCast, after which VLC will need to be closed and reopened to reflect the changes.
Tips and warnings
- VLC can also be used as the external player by launching SopCast, playing a channel, choosing "File>Open Network" in VLC, and pasting this address into the address box: http://localhost:8902.
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