Can You Really Watch TV Channels Online Without Cable Or Satellite?

Everyone has their favorite television shows that they hate to miss, but sometimes getting to the television in time for them is just impossible. If a DVR is not in the budget, there are ways for people to watch their favorite shows online. It is simple to watch new episodes of some of the best shows on television shortly after they air at on TV.

If someone has a specific show that they would like to watch, they should try checking the website of the network that airs the show. Many network websites offer free streaming of full episodes so that everyone can see their favorite programs. The episodes are usually available online in their entirety just one day after they come on television for the general public.

There are also many websites that offer live streaming of a variety of shows. The most popular of these sites is Hulu, which offers full episodes of popular shows as well as popular clips and trailers for upcoming films. Users can even sign up for Hulu plus in order to have access to the Hulu library on their home television or their compatible mobile device.

Before someone can begin enjoying their favorite television shows from their computer, they need to make sure that they have all of the proper software upgrades. Programs such as Flash video are constantly coming out with newer versions. If someone does not have the most recent version of the software they need, their video will be very slow or will not come in at all.

If someone cannot be at the television when their favorite show comes on, they still have options for watching it within the day. There are many websites online that offer free live streaming of television shows just a day after they come on television. Some even offer options for playing the videos on a television or smart phone, so they can truly be enjoyed anywhere.

The Problem For Broadcast TV

Television is now following a similar evolution, albeit in a roundabout fashion. Broadcast TV started out as free to its viewers. With just a few channels in any given broadcasting area, advertising rates were high and very profitable. But then Cable TV, and later Satellite Dish TV, arrived with dozens of channels being made available to the average viewer. This caused advertising rates per viewer to start falling like phone rates.

This presented a problem for Broadcast TV since their economic model did not let them compete well against Cable TV or Satellite Dish TV who charged monthly viewer fees. At first, viewers were willing to pay these monthly fees since they could get 10 times more channels than Broadcast TV could supply.

Revenge Of Broadcast TV

Now as if in some kind of ironic twist of justice, TV broadcast stations are finding a way to profit with low advertising rates and not charge their viewers any monthly fees by putting their shows and commercials on Internet TV. This works for a couple of reasons. First, they now have a worldwide audience for their shows (and commercials). And last but not least, their viewers tend to be much more highly targeted. For example, science fiction fans can watch from 5 to 10 previous episodes of their favorite shows on the Sci-Fi channel (SyFy.com) website for free in HD.

Viewers benefit by Internet TV in two ways. First, viewers now have access to literally thousands of channels worldwide — more than Cable TV and Satellite Dish TV combined. And, all channels are FTA (Free-To-Air) which do not charge any fees whatsoever to watch them. In the past, you could only access FTA channels with your own Satellite Dish setup, which cost thousands of dollars, and required you to know how to set it up and point it at the right satellites. Internet TV is totally different.

Internet TV Is Getting Popular

In April 2010, it was reported by TechCrunch.com that over 800,000 households have already dropped their cable and satellite subscriptions in favor of Internet TV. They also forecast that number to increase to 1.6 million people soon. For the complete story, search for “800,000 Households” at the TechCrunch.com web site.

Internet TV is still in its infancy, and currently requires a computer to access it. This was also true of Internet phone calls using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) in the beginning as well. When handsets became available that integrated VoIP hardware and software directly into the handset, computers were no longer needed to make a VoIP phone call. So it is probably only a matter of time before our digital LCD and Plasma TV sets get direct Internet connectivity as well, and we will be able to watch our favorite Internet TV shows on them directly.

Getting Rid Of The Monthly Fees

With the current sluggish economy, people are looking for any way to get rid of their Cable TV and Satellite Dish TV monthly fees that just seem to keep increasing like health care premiums. Internet TV is fulfilling that demand, and with just a converter box and cable you can watch and hear it directly on your digital LCD or Plasma TV right now.

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