TV is, in 2015, not a particular gadget anymore: it’s a category of entertainment. Some people watch “TV” on what’s called a “TV set”, but others watch it online.
If you’re in the latter category, Cool Websites and Tools is once again rounding up alternative sites to watch TV on. We aim to discover the sites you probably haven’t heard of yet. Last time we showed you 5 never ending video sites, which brought the channel surfing feel to the web. Today we’ve got a few sites like that for mobile and the desktop, along with a few general sites for finding things to watch.
Let’s get started.
Spool.tv: Never Ending Music Videos
(As of June 15 2015, Spool.tv seems to be down due to an expired domain name).
MTV isn’t ever showing music videos again; get over it. The Internet’s way better at music than television ever was.
Spool.tv is a great example of this, showing one music video after the other without you needing to do anything, much like MTV in its prime but without ads.
Unlike MTV, though, you can quickly skip the videos you don’t care about. I told you the Internet was better.
You can search for any song you want, and end up with a never-ending playlist from that point on. If nothing else it’s a great background for working, so give it a try (or check out our list of the best music videos).
EndlessTV (Android, iOS): Channel Surfing for Your Phone
This one’s an interesting alternative to the standard YouTube app on your phone. Subscribe to a bunch of “channels” from the directory and you can watch videos in succession.
During playback you can swipe right any time to skip to the next video (occasionally interrupted by an ad).
Perhaps most interestingly, you can hit the “Sync” button to download all videos to your device, allowing you to watch a bunch of videos without waiting for them to load. Consider trying this out next time you’re taking a plane somewhere – you can watch random YouTube videos during the flight.
StreamNowTV (Web, iOS, Roku): Indie TV Shows and Movies
Here’s one we missed when we were rounding up lesser known free sites for watching TV shows. StreamNowTV is focused on independently produced content, so you’re not going to find the big-ticket items that draw you to Netflix or Hulu. Still, if all you want is something to watch, this site is worth exploring.
There’s an assortment of Internet native content to browse here, including a Star Trek parody called Red Shirts. Let me know if you find anything good in the comments below, okay?
Go Watch It: Where You Can (Legally) Stream Movies
Sites like StreamNowTV, with their independent content, might not be what you’re looking for. If there’s a particular movie you’d like to watch, but aren’t sure where to find it, GoWatchIt is a great way to get a quick list of options.
If something is on a service like Netflix, you’ll find out. If not, you’ll see an array of options for renting or buying your movie of choice from a variety of services including iTunes, Google Play, YouTube and more. It’s great when you know what you want to watch, but don’t know where you can find it.
Spoiler Alert (Chrome): Block Spoilers While Browsing
Do you hate it when the entire Internet feels compelled to discuss plot points of TV shows you haven’t watched yet? Spoiler Alert can block those references that ruin movie endings.
This service detects when a site is likely to spoil something for you, then stops that for happening. Browse the web after installing this and you’ll never accidentally read about plot points again.
Which Are Your Favorite Web TV Sources?
I’ve noticed that you guys seems to like reading about watching TV online, so I’m wondering: are there any sites for the job that we’re missing? Share your little-known favorites in the comments below, or just stop by and say hi. I always love a good conversation.