At it’s core YouBeam is a web browser that has been optimized for privacy & security while you search for movies, tv shows and more to stream directly on your PC -or- with their flagship streaming stick device you also have the ability to stream directly to your TV. While the principles behind the browser and the concept of the streaming stick sound fantastic on paper – once you start using YouBeam you quickly realize that the developers still have their work cut out for them to make this a viable alternative to services like Netflix, Hulu, Roku, chromecast, etc – Let me explain….
YouBeam is comprised of 2 core parts – The browser & the (optional) streaming stick. Because the YouBeam browser is free and the streaming stick is a paid service, I only thought it was fair that we broke the review up into 2 separate sections.
The YouBeam Browser (Free)
I really do love the concept behind this browser: to create a safe environment to easily search for media with built in ad block, a media search engine and a user based rating system? I don’t know about you, but that pitch right there is what sold me on the product! It really does sound great, but as I said earlier during my experience with the browser the developers still have a healthy amount of work to sort out before it’s ready for prime time.
To be fair – Their built in search engine and user rating system is phenomenal. I think the developers have done a really good job with providing users an easy way to search the multitude of streaming sites online and easily find quality links via the user based rating system. My only real complaint about the product that was in actual practice – I couldn’t get much of anything to actually stream for me.
When it came time to actually stream my movie selection, the built in ad block software would seem to interfere with the website and fail to playback the movie. While I know these types of sites are notorious for having layers of ads, which are difficult to navigate – in the end, the built in ad block was more of a hindrance than anything else. But these are smart guys – I’m sure they’ll sort out these issues and continue to improve upon their product.
All that being said – It is a FREE product so I can’t possibly fault them too much for the issues that I encountered.
About The Browser
- Built in Adblock
- Built in Search Engine
- Built in Rating System (quality control)
- Still Buggy 🙁
The YouBeam Streaming Stick
Let me start of by saying- If you are interested in testing out the YouBeam streaming stick for yourself, make sure you download their free browser first and give it a proper test drive as the browser is also the driving force behind their streaming stick.
The way it works is you find your movie selection from their YouBeam browser and then queue up the movie to playback via your TV instead of directly on your pc. Fairly inconvenient if you only have a desktop, You’ll want to make sure that you have a laptop handy in your living room for ease of use.
About The Streaming Stick
- Free (w/ $79.99 annual subscription)
- Stream Local Content
- Live Channels
- Beam to Multiple Devices
- Requires HDMI + USB port on TV
YouBeam is definitely a company to keep your eye on. While the current iteration of their browser still leaves a bit to be desired – the foundation for something truly great is definitely there. Perhaps I am not giving these guys enough credit – Having been spoiled by fancy GUI’s like Netflix and Hulu or complete systems like that found in my Freenas setup using UseNet + sabnzdb.
For my money though – I’d sooner have a Netflix/Hulu account, but that could very well change as YouBeam continues to evolve. The browser is completely free – So you don’t have anything to lose by giving it a try yourself. Download it, check it out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.