We have paced into a new era that internet and computer has entered into everyone’s home. With a computer and the access to internet, you can watch movies or even TV shows whenever you want. The computer and internet are so convenient that most people want to ditch the cable or satellite or whatever paid service that pipes TV into their homes. However, if so you may lost access to some of those networks. That’s because many of them won’t let you stream their content unless you have an active TV-provider subscription.
Fortunately, some networks are more generous, allowing pretty much anyone with an internet connection and PC or mobile device to watch all — or at least some — of their programming. Here’s the scoop on what you can watch for free. (Note: Show availability may vary between desktop browsers and mobile apps.)
Home to popular shows such as “American Crime,” “Black-ish” and “Modern Family,” ABC offers only some shows for free; others do require a sign-in. For example, at this writing, you can watch three of the four most recent episodes of “Black-ish.” The most recent, however, meaning the one that just aired, requires a sign-in. And if you want earlier episodes or previous seasons, you’re out of luck.
Some shows have different restrictions. For example, the entire first season of “Designated Survivor” is available for streaming, but only the pilot and episodes 7-11 are freely available; the others require a sign-in. However, dig deeper and you’ll find an almost Hulu-level selection of “throwback” series you can stream, including “Brothers and Sisters,” “Felicity” and “Sports Night.”
CBS, which owns CNET, has the best online streaming network in history! Ahem. Actually, the network offers a considerable library of TV, everything from current series like “2 Broke Girls” to soaps like “The Young and the Restless.” In between: classics like “Taxi” and “Star Trek” (every series to date, including the upcoming ““) and every single episode of “Frasier.” You’ll find a total of around 100 shows, new and old alike.
However, while you can watch a smattering of episodes for free (the number varies from show to show), it’s not a sign-in you’ll need to access the larger library — it’s a subscription to. The service costs $5.99 per month, or $9.99 if you want to watch commercial-free.
If giving up cable means giving up “Bob’s Burgers,” forget it! Fortunately, Fox employs a model similar to that of ABC, though with a little extra confusion thrown in for good measure.
Without a sign-in, you can watch the latest five episodes of current shows, and new episodes of returning shows unlock eight days after airing on TV. However, the Fox site imposes a “Preview Pass” that limits you to one hour of free viewing (though not commercial-free). After that, it appears that you’ll need a sign-in if you want to continue watching in your browser. The mobile apps don’t seem to have that limitation.
NBC’s model is also similar to that of ABC, with a mixture of free and sign-in-required offerings — but a lot more of the former, thankfully. You can watch the latest five episodes of “This is Us,” including the most recently aired, along with a couple weeks’ worth of “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Even better, you can watch the entire first season of “The Good Place,” and NBC also has classic shows like the original “Battlestar Galactica” and more recent fare, including the pretty-good-while-it-lasted “The Event.”
The CW’s deal is simple: You can watch the five most recent episodes of just about every show that’s currently on the air, from “Arrow” to “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” to “Vampire Diaries.” But there’s also a spin-off service, CW Seed, that offers free access to an eclectic wealth of extra content, including “Constantine,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Pushing Daisies” and over 200 episodes of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” This is an especially good source of animated DC shows such as “Vixen” and five iterations of “Justice League.”
As noted previously, networks like AMC, Science Channel, SyFy, TBS and TNT won’t stream anything unless you sign in with valid TV-provider credentials. That’s definitely a bummer if you’re interested in staying current on shows like “” (AMC), “The Expanse” (SyFy) and “The Detour” (TBS). But Food Network, HGTV, History Channel and others will let you stream at least some of their content — usually a smattering of recent episodes of any given series.
So here comes another question: given that you have access to free TV-streaming websites, but the services are limited, whicn means you can only watch streaming TV shows or series, how can you save the streaming TV shows or series so you can watch them even when you have no access to internet? There is no way for you to download the TV shows or episodes directly from these websites. Moreover, it is definitely impossible for everyone to watch streaming TV shows or episodes on bus or underground or somewhere they don’t have access to internet. If you have a good solution to this issue please leave a comment below and share it with us.