How To Watch Free TV

So you want to keep up to date on all the latest TV trends, but you don’t have a TV. What are you to do? As long as you have a computer or mobile device with a reliable internet connection, there are a few options that you have to watch episodes of your favorite shows within a day or so of when they originally air. There are certainly more “nefarious” ways to watch TV for free, but we can’t recommend those with good conscience, and more often than not, they are more risk than they are worth.

If you are committed to staying on the right side of the law, but still want to watch some TV, there are a few online services that serve up high quality content without all the risk of viruses or malware.

  • Network Websites: If you are looking for programming from a major broadcast TV network (like FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC, etc) there’s a pretty darn good chance that they stream their programming on their site. Most other premium cable channels offer this service as well, but their content is behind a login, which you have to prove that you are (or have the info of someone who is) a cable subscriber.
  • Hulu: Probably the best-known free TV streaming service, Hulu aggregates most of the major network’s streaming programming, and offers it all through their website. There is a paid service as well, which opens much more content, but if you’re just trying to keep up with current TV, the free option should suit all your needs.
  • Crackle: This lesser-known option offers a bunch of original programming, movies, and older TV series. You might not be able to catch up on what aired last night, but there’s Seinfeld, The Shield, and the online-only Sports Jeopardy! With a companion mobile app, you can watch it all wherever you want.