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Throw Away Your TV and Still Watch TV

Updated on January 10, 2010

Throw Away Your TV and Still Watch TV

Huh? Don't you need a TV to watch TV? Not anymore. So-called 'television shows' stream into your house over the Internet; no TV necessary. It's almost a misnomer to call them television shows any more. And yes, they are still free.

Hulu.com has emerged as a huge player in the online TV market. Many companies that typically provide television-format entertainment are making their products available through the Hulu web site as well. The advantages? Principally, no TV is needed. The shows play on your computer monitor, cell phone, PDA, or DIck Tracy-style wrist watch.

Yahoo TV

Yahoo TV also offers full-length television shows over the Internet. Simply browse to the site and begin channel surfing. Classic shows as well as new shows are available. One cool feature is the capability to drill-down by show title. For example, click on the Lou Grant Show (A spin-off of the wildly popular Mary Tyler Moore Show) and select from 25 different episodes from Season 2.

YouTube

YouTube.com has a feature called "Shows" that includes many current TV episodes from popular shows such as Good Morning America and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. All the episodes are free.

Still Have a TV?

What, you still have a TV? Oh well, it still has some value. A modern flat panel TV has inputs that are compatible with your computer. You can use your TV as a super-sized computer monitor.

Hot Tip

Check out the web sites of lesser-known cable channels. Shows are often archived there.

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      Adam 8 years ago

      There are also web pages that pop onto the web just to host a show for a season and then they disappear. Pages like http://watchhouseonline.com. Doing a Google search for watch[my favorite show]online will give you many good results. And then there are the aggregate sites like http://AllUC.org and http://sufthechannel.com

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      Nice article, well said! Plenty of ways to save on the budget without giving up a thing maybe even getting more it looks like.

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      Adam 8 years ago

      typo in my first post, it's http://surfthechannel.com

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I believe this will be the wave of the future. You can already buy an HDTV that have Google TV built in. That lets your browse and watch all the TV shows from sources you mentioned in your Hub. I didn't know about the "Shows" feature on YouTube. I'll have to try that. I did discover you can search for "full length" on You Tube and find full length movies. I enjoyed your Hub. Very useful and I voted up.

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