With internet speeds increasing regularly, watching TV online has become as normal as sitting in front of the big screen at home. Even if you have the biggest cable or satellite TV package with all the extra channels imaginable, there still might come a time when you want to watch something and have no access to a television. And no matter where you might be at the time, there is a very good chance that you can watch your favorite television programs online.
Equipment Needed For Online TV Viewing
If you are ready to watch TV online, you first need to make sure that you have all the necessary equipment. There are really only two main components required for basic online TV show streaming. You need to have:
- high speed internet connection
- playback device
Top of the line high speed internet is not required as any high speed connection will work. You can even use your 3G or 4G wireless connection.
As for devices, there are many options for you to choose from. While a laptop or desktop computer are the most common, you can also stream TV shows onto your smart phone, your tablet and some e-readers. In some instances, you can even connect to the internet via your video game console and display the TV programs on your television or handheld console screen.
Where To Find Programs To Watch TV Online
Once you have all the necessary equipment to stream your television programs, it is time to find the programs that interest you. You can find both free and paid options for this. A good way to find free shows is by visiting television network websites to look for full episodes of the show that interests you. For instance, if you want to watch recent episodes of the AMC show “The Walking Dead,” then you should go to the AMC website to look for free episodes.
Some free TV shows can also be found on the Hulu.com website. However, Hulu also offers paid accounts (Hulu Plus) that give you access to a lot more shows that you can stream on your devices. An advantage to using Hulu Plus is that you can sometimes only access limited recent episodes on the network sites while Hulu Plus will have the entire season available. Additionally, you can buy shows online on sites like Amazon.com.
Of course, you might not need to pay for your online TV programs if your cable or satellite provider offers online streaming as part of your package. Some providers even have a special app available for streaming TV online with your device.