Get your TV fix online

By Justin Bostwick
January 29, 2009

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Is technology booming so much that televisions are going out of style?

As of right now, that’s probably a little ridiculous to even imagine, but who knows what’s around the corner.

That show you might watch every Monday night after dinner is no longer merely available on that precious “boob tube” sitting in your living room. There’s this thing called the Internet and it seems to be taking over everything.

An unbelievable amount of those separate technologies are all being compacted into the Web.

It is possible and has been now for a while to find episode after episode of multiple television programs on the Internet.

I’m not talking about Web sites like YouTube either.

YouTube is great for short snippets of video. However, it is rare to find a full episode of anything on there.

Two years ago, I was introduced to a Web site named One of my friends was all about it so I decided to check it out. To my surprise, I found that I could watch a full season of pretty much any show I could think of.

At the time, I was a rather big Family Guy fan. The Web site was great because I no longer had to wait for the show to come on at a certain time and I had the privilege of choosing an episode of my choice.

To me, this was up there with some of the best convenient inventions ever to have been created.

To top it off, I could even watch full-length movies off of this Web site. If it’s so convenient for me to watch my favorite shows as I’m sitting at my laptop, why am I going to waste time sitting in front of the television when I could be multitasking?

Before this phenomenon, I had only heard of downloading shows and movies illegally from peer-to-peer networks such as Limewire.

I wasn’t shocked though. At the rate technology moves today, it’s only expected

that something new happens where something old becomes replaced or made much easier.

The problem that arises with Web sites that allow people to view television shows and movies for free is that not all of the Web sites are legal.

You might be watching a show on a Web site you stumbled across one day, and the next day to your unpleasant surprise it’s no longer running. is a Web site that you probably won’t encounter that problem with due to the fact that it is owned by CBS.

Another site is NBC Universal and the News Corporation run this particular Web actually receives most of its shows and video from Hulu.

The best thing about these Web sites is that they are free to the public. As long as the shows are free on television, they should be free on the Internet.

But then why do we have to pay for a DVD? Isn’t it basically the same thing?

The Internet is obviously not going to give you the same quality of a show on DVD, so if you’re a hardcore fan and need the best possible quality, go spend $40 on a season of a show.

If you don’t need that, then I highly suggest you try watching a show online. It’s your call.

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