A shoddy and confusing (actually, largely nonexistant) interface on this one ruins much of the fun, but if you manage to find them, there are some good shows here (watching Prison Break as I write this).
Guba is a combination of video sharing and video rental, which means you’ll have to pay for some of the content. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of good stuff to be found in the free part of the site. GUBA enables download of the videos to your PC, iPod, PSP, and other portable devices. The site is also unique for the fact that it finds content on USENET groups.
A directory of links to TV streams, organized by country. You might get a bit frustrated using it because many of those streams don’t work, and they come in a variety of formats. The directory itself is quite comprehensive, covering most of the world’s countries with at least one channel.
Blip.TV is a video sharing site that focuses on user-crated shows. This means less noise and more coherence than YouTube, and some of the stuff on here is, indeed, quite enjoyable. A great place to find the next Spielberg, or at the very least the next Larry Clark.
Another list of streams with an insultingly tiny Windows Media Player to watch the content in. Use only if desperate.
Stage6 is a video sharing site built to demonstrate the quality of the DivX codec. It sports a sleek interface and a large selection of videos. You’ll need a special plugin to access the videos – the DivX web player – but the quality of DivX-encoded videos makes it worth your while.
TCUnetworks is a China-based P2P TV company, which means you’re mostly be able to find Chinese channels there, but some of the content is in English, too.
A very rudimentary list of links to various video content.
Tape If Off The Internet, or shorter TIOTI, is a service for tracking your favorite TV shows. The service has been around for a long time – since 2005 – and it’s still in beta, which is not a good sign. Read our initial coverage here.
While the page itself is just a (quite ugly, we might add) collection of links to various streams, there is some good content to be found here.
TV Links is another one of those which fall under the “can this possibly be legal?” category. It’s a nicely organized collection of links to episodes to popular TV shows. Enjoy it while it lasts.
A selection of ABC shows, will work only for visitors from the United States.
A carefully handpicked selection of rare and interesting movies collected from various online sources. It’s a small but intelligent selection, and most movies on the list are definitely worth watching.
A selection of downloadable TV shows and movies, including some very popular ones like Buffy, 24, Pimp My Ride and others. Also includes a quite comprehensive selection of anime.
On its MySpace page, Fox is offering several of its popular TV shows for free – if you’re located in the United States. Some love for the Europeans, please?
A nicely organized list of episodes from the most popular current shows, like Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, and 24. Is it legal? We don’t know, but it’s there. Make sure to expand that tiny video player to (almost) fullscreen size.
Another one of those long lists of categorized streaming content that opens in a Windows Media Player. They index over 300 channels, and, as they say, some of them have to be good.
ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX free TV episodes in one place. It’s not much, but it’ll save you some time.
An ugly, but quite comprehensive list of TV shows, cartoons, anime, music and commercials.
ITV is the biggest commercial television network in the UK, and you can watch some of their content for free on their website. Unfortunately, it’s nothing like the real thing; instead of full episodes and shows, expect highlights, trailers and short clips.