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Watch "TV" Online Instead of Cable

Filed under: General Interest by Randy Harris at 2:02 pm on July 13, 2010
1960's tv show - The Outer Limits - intro screen

Watch full episodes of t.v. shows online!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - When Community Cabelvision first setup shop in Framingham it expanded our access to audio/video information -- beyond channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 27, 38, 44 and 56.. (and the few fuzzy stations we could pick up from Providence, RI and other regional broadcast areas if you got the rabbit ears just right and the weather was clear).

Today we have three companies in Framingham, (Comcast, Verizon and RCN), all selling us more high-def, high-speed, high-priced t.v. programming than anyone could ever possibly consume -- and a lot of it is bundled junk.

You have options.  You can pull the plug on cable t.v. and watch an amazing amount of news, weather, sports, music videos and even full length t.v. shows and movies on the internet.

Below is a full length episode of The Outer Limits, (1964, "Cold Hands, Warm Heart" starring William Shatner) hosted by HULU, (www.hulu.com),  no charge -- except you've got to  watch a few commercials.

HULU hosts full length t.v. shows, movies and special video collections.

In a sort of strange twist -- where we used to pay for cable t.v. just so we didn't have to watch commercials... on HULU most shows have embedded commercials -- usually no more than 30 seconds before the show, then 2 or 3 commercials in the middle and maybe a trailer.

It's really not bad at all if you grew up watching commercial t.v. -- and remember running to the bathroom or kitchen knowing you had about 2 minutes to get back.  On HULU you can click the pause button -- but you can't skip the commercials.

Other websites with good quality video content:

  • ESPN Video - sports shows, highlights and latest sports news
  • Comedy Central - full length episodes of it's t.v. shows like South Park and special guest comedian video features.
  • History Channel Videos - full length shows, trailers and clips from the popular cable channel of the same name.
  • PBS Videos - watch full length episodes like Antiques Roadshow and other Public TV favorites.

If you know of other good internet tv/video sites, please post a comment and share with others.


  1. Hi nice list. You can also find full length programs at CBS (48 Hours for example), MSNBC, etc. and two favorites that compare to Hulu are clicker.com and fancast.com

    Comment by Jack Clarke — July 26, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

  2. Thanks Jack, here’s live links to the sites you suggest:

    CBS TV – watch select full length episodes of CBS tv shows like “CSI”, “Two and a Half Men” and other popular network shows. Watch tv shows while chatting with others. Invite friends to watch with you. “Viewing rooms” have tomatoes and darts to throw at the screen, hearts and kisses to plant on screen favorites, a way to write notes on the screen and more. Site also carried many video clips from assorted CBS productions.

    MSNBC – latest updates from Today, Meet The Press, Nightly News, Dateline and other NBC television shows.

    Fancast.com – branded as “XFinity TV (beta), this site has much of the same content as other media conglomerates. Some free content with comemrcials, most recent or highly desirable content required (PAID) Comcast services. Website loads quickly on home page, but video content buffering issues can cause delays when loading full length shows, (most likely cured by renting Comcast hardware to go with the paid services). Comcast is a majority-owner of NBC Universal and has distribution rights for content from other major media producers.

    Clicker.com – bills itself as “The Internet Television Guide”. Nice directory of tv shows, movies, original video web content and music. Playlist and other features require registration or Facebook login.

    And, I just ran across another one…

    tv.com – like Clicker.com, aggregates content from many sources, hosts some of its own content and provides index / directory.

    Thanks again for suggesting those links!

    Comment by Randy Harris — July 27, 2010 @ 1:10 am

  3. Netflix is cheaper than Cable and you get more choices. We haven’t had cable since we moved to Framingham. Netflix let’s you instantly stream video to your tv with a PS3, Wii, or Roku box. We love it.

    Comment by Jax — August 4, 2010 @ 10:40 am

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