My satellite bill is getting hard to justify when a lot of content is online for free. Today many televsion shows are online and easy to watch. NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX have both current and past episodes available online. Here are some suggestions on how to watch TV online.
The first thing is to make sure you have a comfortable viewing option. Watching TV is supposed to be fun and comfortable. It should also be something that you can do with friends and family. It is not very fun to be crammed up in an office watching your favorite TV show on a small screen with no one around. Many HDTVs today have options for connecting your computer, or better yet a direct connection to the internet. Connecting your computer to your TV can be a challenge for some, but it is worth the investment. You also have options such as a Ruko box which allows you to stream Netflix and Hulu directly to your televsion.
It is pretty simple to find content online. My first suggestion is always go to the source. For example if you want to watch the latest episode of Touch with Keifer Sutherland then you need to go directly to FOX official website for Touch. Below is a screen clipping for the website and as you can see – full episodes are offered for free.
One of the drawbacks to watching tv online is that you cannot watch current episodes on the day that they air on televsion. I think this shows the power of the cable and satellite deals with the networks. They really want you to keep your expensive cable or satellite bill as it makes both providers and networks a lot of money. However, if you don’t mind waiting a few days to watch a show then watching tv online will work just fine for you. Notice that if you are a Dish Network customer that you can watch Fox online a day after the espisode airs, otherwise you have to wait 8 days (see picture below).
Watching TV online and streaming it to your TV is a lot cheaper than satellite or cable, but the system in place still benefits those who are willing to pay for cable or satellite service. I see the future changing in this area, but it will be a slow change. Eventually people are going to stop paying for channels they never watch and select individual content online for free.