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40+ Legal Ways to Watch Movies and TV Online

. Monday, November 17, 2008

When I first wrote "The Top 25 Websites for Watching Free Movies" last year, I was immediately surprised how many people wanted to watch movies and TV shows online. At that time, there was no legal alternative for watching these videos online, so that list includes many "grey-area" websites.

But more than a year later, there have been hundreds of new places to download and stream full length videos that have popped up. Understandably, people have been asking me for places where they can stay on the "right" side of the law. Soo, I've created this quick list of some of the best legal movie/TV show watching websites.



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Even though this website has only be around for a year...there's soo much to watch already. Even better...everything is free! (In exchange for about one minute of commercials). You'll be able to watch most of the NBC, ABC, and FOX TV shows on this site in high quality. They even have full length movies available too, but these tend to be on the older side.
Much like Hulu, Joost provides high quality video in exchange for a minute of your time. It can get very frustrating trying to navigate the website, but they've just recently scraped their downloadable client in lieu of direct streaming video. This website may seem like a poor man's version of Hulu, but in fact it came before Hulu. But their smaller collection of "valuable" video along with their confusing navigation means that Joost will be playing catchup with Hulu for quite some time.
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Amazon on Demand
Although Amazon on Demand isn't free, it's always nice to be able to download your favorite movies for future watching. Amazon on Demand has both popular movies and TV shows...including content from almost every cable and broadcast network.

If you don't want to download the movies, you can rent each video for a few dollars less. For each rental you have 24 hours to watch the movie before it disappears.
If learning is your thing...then this is one great website to visit. Frontline has created some of the best exposes on popular culture and politics in our time. Check them all out here.

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Blockbuster All Access

In addition to downloading popular movies, you can also sign up for plans that let you receive actual DVD's through the mail or in Blockbuster stores. I like the fact that I'm able to exchange my rentals in-store so I can get a new DVD right away...without waiting by my mailbox.
Another website like Hulu or Joost that offers 100% free streaming movies and TV shows. They also offer a couple TV networks that the other sites don't offer, most notably...Comedy Central.
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CinemaNow
Cinemanow is nice alternative to Netflix or Blockbuster All Access. Here you'll be able to download or rent streaming movies instantly with just a couple clicks of your mouse. They have a very nice collection of both popular movies and indies. Also, the first dozen people that click HERE, get an additional 30% off any purchase of a independent movie.
There's enough (kid friendly) cartoons on this website to keep you entertained for as long as you can handle. Although I was kind of sad not to find any of the Adult Swim content (especially Futurama or Family Guy) there are a bunch of great cartoons available that I remember from my childhood.
A really cool website that is still currently in public beta. It looks just like the TV Guide channel on your TV...except you can choose any program and play it on-demand instantly. There are some great syndicated TV shows playing 24 hours a day.

I found the minisode, TV classics, cartoon classics, national geographic, and discovery channels the most interesting. On those channels, I got to watch shows like; Popeye, MacGyver, Who's the Boss, among many others.
Although this might be the most specific video website on this list, it's definitely worth mentioning. There's 12 seasons worth of free streaming south park episodes available right now!

I really wish EVERY TV show did the same thing as the south park people do. It would really make it easier to enjoy all the shows out there.


Here's a complete list (as of publication) of all the legal alternatives out there'

Streaming Free
Movie Rentals
ABC: dynamic.abc.go.com
Adobe: www.adobe.com/products/mediaplayer
Boys & Girls Club: www.bgcavideostore.com
Bravo: www.bravotv.com/video/index.php
CBS: www.cbs.com
Comedy Central: www.comedycentral.com
CW, The: video.cwtv.com
Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC: video.discovery.com
Disney: disney.go.com/dxd
Fox: www.fox.com/fod/index.php
FX: www.fxnetworks.com
IMDb: www.imdb.com/features/video
Lifetime: www.mylifetime.com/on-tv/shows
MTV: www.mtv.com/ontv
NBC: www.nbc.com/Video/rewind
Parent Teacher Association: www.ptavideostore.com
PBS: pbskids.org/go/video
TNT: www.tnt.tv/dramavision
TVLand: www.tvland.com/video/index.jhtml
USA: www.usanetwork.com/fullepisodes
VH1: www.vh1.com/video/full_episodes.jhtml
WB: www.thewb.com

Apple: www.apple.com/itunes/store/movies.html
Jaman: jaman.com
MovieFlix: www.movieflix.com
Movielink: www.movielink.com
Netflix: www.netflix.com
Vudu: www.vudu.com
Zune: www.zune.net/en-US/entertainment/videos
Café DVD: www.cafedvd.com
DVD Avenue: www.dvdavenue.com
Redbox: www.redbox.com





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