If you’re in the market for the best Internet sites for watching TV online, movies, or both, then you’ve certainly come to the right place. I’m going to talk to you about what I consider to be the best of the best, and how it’s enabled me to watch many thousands of movies and television shows online each month. First of all, what exactly is “best”? It’s hard to say because there are so many different elements to consider. But I’ll do my best to make your decision easier by giving you my top 5 favorites.
First off, let’s discuss my favorite Internet site, Hulu. Hulu has quickly become one of the most popular sites for streaming TV on the web. They have an incredibly intuitive interface, and their search function is one of the best around. You can search by actor, genre, or even actor and actresses (i.e. Jessica Alba and boobs).
The best free movie streaming websites aren’t limited to Hulu. Many other websites offer similar features, and while they may not be as user-friendly, they are still very good. I recommend checking out Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube, among others. If you don’t have a subscription, you can always count on websites such as Yahoo Movies to provide you with great movies and TV shows.
Next, let’s take a look at what Apple has done with its newest offering, Airvideo. Apple’s AirVideo allows users to stream live video from any major website, including YouTube, Netflix, Vimeo, etc. It works by simply installing the AirVideo app, then connecting your laptop or desktop computer to your iPhone or iPad (you need an iPhone for AirVideo on the laptop). It will display any media stream that’s been uploaded to those websites, and when you tap play, it will automatically play through those websites in the background, one at a time. The up-to-date Apple AirVideo package also includes great new features like a “switchboard” feature that will allow you to select different services and control your videos from a single place.
A little later, we’ll take a look at another popular service: 123Movies. At first glance, this site doesn’t seem all that exciting, but it offers a lot of unique benefits. For example, it supports the latest HD formats (and all of the formats that are going to become de-scaled soon enough), and it allows you to browse by genre and even by actors (if you have seen the trailers for some of your favorite movies, you know what I’m talking about!). Additionally, it supports the PVR technology used by Dish Network and CableVision.
Also important to note is that this site supports live streaming TV shows, so if you happen to catch a live episode of something on TV, you’ll be able to watch it on the go. While it does not yet have a pay-per-download model, it has an inexpensive $2.99 per month subscription plan. This definitely begs the question, which no doubt many people have jokingly suggested to me, of whether or not it would still be worth the cost of having to pay such a low monthly fee to stream television.
Last but certainly not least, is the incredibly popular and successful YouTube. Now, the decision of whether or not to pay to use YouTube is largely dependent on whether or not you want to watch YouTube TV. As a member, you have access to every YouTube video, as well as every other form of media available on the site. In addition, all of your videos are protected and ad-free. The only time that YouTube may charge you is if you are an official advertiser, and if you want to include advertising in your videos.
The final and by far the most popular and powerful website on the Internet, is Yahoo! TV. This site has truly revolutionized the way that people watch television and continues to do so every day. In order to view your favorite TV shows and movies on Yahoo! TV, all you need to do is search for the show or movie you want and add “Yahoo! TV” to the end of the url.