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How to Watch Free TV on the Web - The Best 18 Websites


Free television shows, sports events, and special programming without a hefty monthly subscription? Yes, you really can do this on the Web, and this article is going to show you eighteen different sites that offer all sorts of great free TV shows online.

1. Hulu

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Hulu is one of the best sources on the Web for full episodes of TV shows. They also offer a wide selection of free movies, documentaries, and animated specials. Usually, Hulu posts an episode within 24 hours of airtime, which makes it a very convenient way to keep up with your favorite television shows without being tied to the TV.

2. Fox

Not only can you watch your favorite FOX shows here, you can also get episode summaries, cast info, and upcoming previews here. They also offer behind the scenes information, exclusive looks at new or upcoming TV episodes, and specific offers only for fans.

3. Joost

Joost offers a nice variety of programs organized in channels, what's most popular, and the most recent uploads to the site for easy access. You can search for your favorite content on Joost by using the internal search function, browsing the channels, checking out the Staff Picks, or by clicking the Random button.

4. NBC

Your favorite NBC programs, all in one place. Be sure to visit the NBC Video Library, where you can find current and past episodes of the NBC line-up.Find the latest NBC TV schedules here, along with news, an active community, games, and the official NBC store.

5. Link TV

Link TV provides a wide variety of high quality programming from around the world, focusing on global news, international events, and different cultures. If you're looking for a different perspective than you usually get from network news programs, Link TV is a good bet.

6. YouTube

YouTube, one of the oldest and most popular video sharing and upload sites on the Web today, is a great way to catch up on TV that you might've missed or find obscure clips and outtakes from your favorites. You can also find fan-made video montages of great moments from various programs throughout TV history.

7. Current TV

Current TV is not a traditional TV network; this is mostly user-created and submitted free online TV. Founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, Current offers viewer-generated content, hourly crowdsourced newscasts, and documentaries.

8. Clicker

There are literally thousands, hundreds of thousands, of free TV programs available on the Web. This variety of choice is wonderful, but it can be somewhat overwhelming. Clicker aims to simplify and streamline this vast array of choice, putting all the programs you can find online into one convenient place.

9. PBS

PBS features many of their programs online in an easy to view streaming format that you can enjoy right within your Web browser. Make sure to visit the Explore Topics page to get a feel for what's available, as well as the main PBS Programs page.

10. Xfinity

Full shows from multiple networks are available at Xfinity. There are also TV series, movies, documentaries, short films, and sports events here, all free, and all available to view within your Web browser.

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