Sopcast for Mac allows you to watch TV for free on your Mac including sports and TV shows from around the World. However, some users still have problems using it since there is no Sopcast for Mac Manual. Also, many of the features available in the PC version have never been added to the Mac version so users that have switched to Mac are sometimes left confused. Here’s a brief overview and review of how to download and use Sopcast for Mac.
Sopcast For Mac Manual: How To Use Sopcast
First, download Sopcast for Mac and drag it to your Applications folder. The latest version is Sopcast for Mac 1.3.5 and it works on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and above. Note: If you are using OS X 10.7.3 or above, you may have to deactivate Gatekeeper on your Mac to install Sopcast as it is not available from the Mac App Store.
Open Sopcast.You may see a request for “sp-sc-auth” to accept incoming network connections. This simply allows Sopcast to connect you to the P2P network upon which Sopcast is based to deliver video to users. Click Allow.You’ll then see a jumbled mix of channels and channel names. There is no real organization to these channels and finding what you want is very hit and miss. The green bars on the left represent the strength of the stream – if there are no bars then the stream probably doesn’t work although sometimes, even channels with full bars don’t work. Note: All of the content is streamed by other Sopcast users, not by the developers of Sopcast. We do not endorse the streaming of video by users who do not hold the rights to the content being streamed. Most of the users streaming content on Sopcast are on Windows because the PC version of Sopcast allows you to setup and stream your own channel but the Mac version doesn’t.
You’ll also notice that many of the channels are from Asia or China but there are plenty of US and English language channels there as well. Finding them however is just a matter of trial and error by clicking on the various channels as there’s no TV guide for Sopcast. To make things worse, some channels are also “spam” i.e. the name suggests that you can watch a specific sporting event but when you click on it, you’re just served an advert as to where you can see the game.
The channels you see have all been created by other Sopcast users and use P2P technology to stream channels. To view a channel, simply click on it and wait for the white streaming bar at the bottom of the screen to increase. It can take a few seconds for the stream to be established so you need to be a bit patient sometimes. However, you’ll find however that some channels simply do not work which is one of the most frustrating things about Sopcast.
You can also add Sopcast streams you have found on the internet for certain events or shows. For example, Sopcast addresses are usually something like:
You can paste this into Sopcast by going to File, Open SOP URL and pasting in the SOP URL:
How To Hide The Sidebar In Sopcast For Mac
One of the most annoying things in Sopcast for Mac is the sidebar on the left with the channel list. You can’t actually hide it manually. The only way to hide the sidebar in Sopcast is to switch to full screen mode by clicking the full-screen icon in the bottom right of the screen: Sopcast will then display the channel in full screen and after a few seconds, the sidebar will disappear.
Sopcast is a bit of a dated, disorganized and heavily Asian focused TV streaming app but it’s still useful for streaming English speaking channels and events on your Mac. If you have any problems or questions about it, leave them in the comments below.