There are an amazing number of people that stopped paying a monthly bill for cable TV or satellite TV. So does that mean they go without TV service? Of course not (well, some do just that…)! There are tons of TV sharing sites, video sharing sites, and more available that enable people to watch TV shows once only available from large cable and satellite companies. Let’s not forget the growing number of stations that offer TV shows online (sometimes delayed, other times straight-up streaming). So throwing out the usual suspects including the websites for NBC, ABC, CBS, and fox, here are 20 little known sites for watching TV of various kinds online:
Online TV Broadcast and TV Channels – Several channels and networks have sprung up online that provide some great options to public and cable TV (sometimes the exact same shows in real-time). Here is a list of 10 that you may or may not have heard of:
- MyEasyTV – You can watch hundreds of shows and some networks here for free. They even have VH1 available if you are into music videos. It’s great, it’s free, and solid as a rock.
- Hulu – This is an amazing site with an experience that is second to none. If you haven’t found anything you like above then you can easily watch network TV shows on Hulu for free (just delayed a little). The only question here is if this site is “little known.” If you haven’t watched hulu, you could quickly become addicted.
- TVDuck – Now this is pretty similar to Hulu and certainly far less well known (though it probably won’t be for long). This is a good place to catchup on your network shows as well.
- Streamick – This is another streaming TV option that has everything from TBS to FOX available for you to view for free. You can even watch movie networks like HBO. This is really a great place to start when you are looking to replace your cable tv provider.
- Boxlive – This is an interesting way for people to stream live TV and it is nice as it allows you to see most shows in real-time all from your high speed Internet connection.
- TV-VIDEO.net – You can stream live TV as well as re-runs/classics that you love from this website for free. It has a simple interface, but it is definitely a great site.
- BabyTV – If you have a baby or toddler then you will definitely want to check out the programming options available on BabyTV.com. Several of these are a lot better than public television for child development.
- The Weather Channel – The weather channel has TV shows, did you know that? They are entertaining and informative at the same time. You should check out their Fall schedule.
- CozmoTV – They offer several different categories of shows including Business, Comedy, Beauty, Family, and more. They also offer video producers the ability to stream shows via their network. It’s really an interesting way to stay current on a wide variety of subjects.
- WorldTV – This is another video sharing and channel streaming site that has hundreds of channels and videos for you to watch from around the World or right in your own backyard.
Webisodes – So if you have a family and/or friends that have a family you have no doubt heard of the TV show iCarly. This is a show where some school-aged friends get together and make a web show that becomes really popular. Well, guess what? Webisodes are the real life examples and here are the top 10 webisodes as of Winter 2010:
- The Annoying Orange – This is a series of videos featuring fruit with faces and well they are sort of annoying at the same time (maybe it is the Beevis and Butthead laughs).
- Auto-Tune the News – You can see several webisodes and decide for yourself how you like your news.
- Key of Awesome – These are pretty hilarious videos that are parodies of popular songs.
- Fred – They actually made a movie about this teen with a 6 year old’s voice (Fred Figglehorn).
- Happy Tree Friends – This is a really high quality cartoon that you really can’t tell wasn’t made in Hollywood.
- Smosh – These are short sketches sort of like SNL but on the web and not at all like SNL.
- Totally Sketch – There may be no other series with a better name to describe it than this one.
- The Station – These are rated R and can’t really be easily described you just have to check them out.
- Red Vs Blue – This is sort of like a web show from the perspective of video game characters.
- Potter Puppet Pals – This is not the Harry Potter we all know and love maybe better in some ways.
So regardless of the type of TV or amount that you normally watch after taking a look at this list you can fairly quickly see that it is completely possible to go without cable or satellite TV. In fact, if you have to choose between a high speed Internet service and TV service, well I think the choice is crystal clear.