TVAnts 126.96.36.199 Build 0835
Vista Home Premium with SP1
Windows Media Player 11
[confirmed working 12 April 2009]
If you do a normal TVants installation (and enter a working proxy if needed) I found that the stream buffers nicely but the media player never starts.
I couldn't find anyone on internet who had got it working, and finally solved it myself. There was lots of advice that didn't help me: I DIDN'T need to run any TCP patches for vista because mine was buffering well. If yours isn't buffering you need to fix this before following my post here. I DIDN'T need to uninstall any download managers.
If you live in a country where access to TVAnts is blocked you will also have to use a proxy (this is well covered in other threads).
I turned off User Account Control, but I don't know if this is necessary. I could find out but I'm watching Man U giving Inter Milan a beating. (EDIT: I've since tested this: you don't need to turn off User Account Control)
1. Download latest TVAnts
2. Right-click on it and choose "Run as administrator"
3. After it is installed, find the installed program, in c:/program files/ tvants
4. Right-click on Tvants.exe, choose properties / compatability, select "Run as administrator" (might not be necessary) and "run this program in compatability mode for: Windows XP SP2".
5. That's it.
When you click on a TVAnts channel it will buffer well, but it will not automatically open the media player. After about 2 minutes you will get a screen saying that it can't open the stream in the internal player. Click YES to open the Windows Default Media player. WMP will open and after a little more buffering the TV programme will start.
If you've got a solution that automatically opens the media player, please post details!