More people then ever before are turning to the Web for entertainment, and yes, that does include movies
, TV shows, and videos. The following sites are the best on the Web for finding all sorts of high quality multimedia, anything from documentaries to classic TV shows to action-packed movies just made for popcorn and soda.
- Hulu: Hulu is one of the best places online to find TV shows, entire TV series, and movies. Tons of great content is available here, in a wide variety of genres.
- Surf The Channel: Surf The Channel is a great source for hundreds of different shows in a wide range of categories. It's a video search engine, so you can use it find movies, TV shows, videos, short films, and animation - all in the same place.
- IMDB: IMDB, also known as the Internet Movie Database, has added free full length movies and TV shows to its already large and informative site. You can also use IMDB to look up information about any actor: upcoming movies, current projects, images, and movie trailers.
- Joost: Nicely organized by category and each piece of content is in very high quality. Joost offers several ways to interact with the site: check out Staff Picks, the various Joost channels, or check out the Most Popular videos to get a quick glimpse at what other people are watching.
- Babelgum: Babelgum is different from many of the other sites in this list, simply because you'll be able to find independently created multimedia content here that you won't see anywhere else on the Web. It's a good source for finding niche videos.
- Google Video: Free full length movies at Google Video can be found by navigating to the Advanced Search option and switching the drop-down "Duration" menu to "longer than twenty minutes". It's not as streamlined as it could be, but you can still find quite a few great free movies here.
- AOLTV: Tons of free TV shows, cartoons, and movies are available here. You can find recaps, the latest news, spoilers, celebrity interviews, local TV listings, and previews of upcoming shows.
- PublicDomainTorrents: Public Domain Torrents is a goldmine of free classic movies, mostly films that are considered "B" movies. These are all movies that are in the public domain, free to download.
- Metacafe: An eclectic collection of videos here; anything from homemade to cartoons and more. Metacafe offers several multimedia channels: movies, games, music, TV, sports, and more.
- DailyMotion: DailyMotion is a community-curated site, with millions of viewers visiting every month to share, upload, and watch videos. Movie trailers, gaming videos, extreme sports, and technology videos can all be found here.
- StumbleVideo: StumbleVideo is for the channel flippers among us. You can let StumbleVideo choose what videos you'd like to see (which can be quite fascinating), or you can personalize your preferences so StumbleVideo only delivers the videos that you're personally interested in.
- Blip.tv: Blip.tv is a great source for finding original Web series and episodes that you won't be able to find anywhere else. This content is produced by both amateurs and professionals; however, Blip.tv does a good job of filtering so you only see the best of the best.
- StupidVideos: StupidVideos is dedicated to finding the best viral videos on the Web; this includes mostly extreme sports videos, comedy, bloopers, animals, funny commercials, parodies, and much more. All videos are submitted by users or StupidVideos staff.
- Fora.tv: "FORA delivers discourse, discussions and debates on the world's most interesting political, social and cultural issues, and enables viewers to join the conversation." Basically, FORA.tv is a fantastic source to find news-oriented videos and programming from around the world, on a wide variety of topics.
- VideoJug: VideoJug offers a very large collection of how-to videos within several different genres ranging from Beauty to Technology The videos are professionally produced, easy to follow and understand, and offer quick tips on many different issues.