If you're like me, then there are way too many shows for you to physically watch them during their actual timeslots. So what do you do when you've got four shows all starting at 8 pm on Monday, and you've only got one you?
I guess the first step is to figure out which one you're actually going to watch. Once you've done that, you decide if you really, really want to keep up with the other ones, or if you can wait for the DVD. If you're still like me, and want to know what happens every week, then this is what you do. You go online.
Now, I'm not suggesting that people start downloading all their shows or anything—that's copyright infringement, and that's bad. I am saying, though, that there are lots of legal ways to watch your favorite shows online.
1.Check the network's website. A lot of networks these days are hosting full episodes online for anyone who missed them. This is perfectly legal, and takes up no hard drive space. You stream the episodes right on your computer. Granted, these usually come with ads, but it's worth it.
2.Check a meta-site, like sidereel.com or alluc.org. Sites like these archive links to online streaming content. They will be able to tell you if the network has archived the show somewhere off of their main site.
3.Check iTunes and Amazon. Both of these sites sell episodes of most major television shows for a reasonable price. You download the purchased episode onto your computer and watch it there.
As far as legal ways to find things online go, these are the best. From these basic areas, you can branch out and find even the most obscure shows, streaming into your computer at a time convenient to you!
-Rachel Frazier, Idiot Box 101
A Quick Guide to TV Online