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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 Online Channel Surfing: 5 Never Ending Video Sites Online Channel Surfing: 5 Never Ending Video Sites These services all bring the channel surfing experience to the web in different ways, meaning you don't have to decide what to watch. Read More , 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 From MTV to YouTube: A Brief History of Music Videos From MTV to YouTube: A Brief History of Music Videos While music videos are mostly viewed on YouTube these days, this is only the latest stage in the evolution of a medium that can be as elaborate as film and as personal as photos. Read More ; 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.

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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 8 Of The Best Music Videos [Stuff to Watch] 8 Of The Best Music Videos [Stuff to Watch] Music never really required a visual representation beyond that of the artist performing live, but MTV changed all that upon launch in 1981. Suddenly the world needed music videos, and a new opportunity arose for... Read More ).

EndlessTV (Android, iOS): Channel Surfing for Your Phone

This one’s an interesting alternative to the standard YouTube app 5 Unique Alternative YouTube Apps For iOS Devices 5 Unique Alternative YouTube Apps For iOS Devices When iOS 6 took the original YouTube app away, many developers scrambled to create their own versions of the video app. Of course, we now have the official Google YouTube app, but this doesn't mean... Read More on your phone. Subscribe to a bunch of “channels” from the directory and you can watch videos in succession.

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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 5 Lesser-Known Free Sites for Watching TV Shows 5 Lesser-Known Free Sites for Watching TV Shows Who doesn't like free entertainment? Today's Cool Websites and Apps digs up a few more online videos sites most people haven't heard of. Give them a view. Read More . 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.

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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.

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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 Spoiler Warning: 10 Spoiler Websites That Can Ruin A Movie Ending Spoiler Warning: 10 Spoiler Websites That Can Ruin A Movie Ending Read More .

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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.

  1. Jack Morin
    June 17, 2015 at 1:51 am

    I use http://www.primewire.ag as my source for movies and TV. One caveat however, primewire does not host the movies or TV themselves. That is done by numerous other sites that primewire links to. So you have to be aware that some of these sites can be risky. Some pose minor risks such as pop up ads and opening other web sites that are looking for you to sign up for something and some are outright dangerous. So make sure your anti-virus and anti-malware tools are up to date. I even suggest Ghostery and Adblock/AdblockPlus as well as WOT (Web of Trust). The can do a lot towards protecting you. Bottom line is, however, be overly cautious until you familiarize yourself with all the risks are are able to deal with them effectively. All that being said, I have downloaded literally hundreds of TV shows and movies using this site and despite coming across some potentially annoying or dangerous links, I have been able to deal with most of them effectively.

  2. Tara Moser
    June 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I like to watch most of my movies/tv on my apple macbook air. so portable and battery life is great. I have tried to watch them on my cellphone but screen that little is hard on the eyes and to stay focus that long isn't for me.

  3. Marjorie Cunningham
    June 13, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    You are so right! I can never understand my daughter, who has a perfectly nice, large screen tablet, watching movies on her phone! Even reading mail in that tiny print hurts my eyes!

  4. fcd76218
    June 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    It is interesting that, on the one had, we demand bigger and bigger TV screens with higher resolution for our dens and living rooms. But on the other hand more and more of us are willing to watch TV shows and movies on tablets and smartphones.

    How can one experience the wide expanses pf space in Star Trek and or Star Wars movies on 5 inch smartphone screen??? Or even a 10 inch tablet screen?

    • Justin Pot
      June 13, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      I, for one, don't demand bigger screens. The one I have right now is sized about right for my living room, which isn't huge. 24 inches.

      As for watching Star Trek on a phone, of course it isn't ideal. But if you're traveling, it's pretty good – more than good enough. Plus, there's the size to viewing distance ratio. A small screen closer to your face isn't that different from a large screen all the way across the room.

      So yeah, watching things on a phone isn't ideal, but if you're away from your TV – or even if someone else is using the TV – it works.

      • fcd76218
        June 15, 2015 at 7:07 pm

        "A small screen closer to your face isn’t that different from a large screen all the way across the room."
        As the screen is shrunk, there is a corresponding loss of detail. No matter how close that phone screen is to your eyes, the picture will never be the same as on a 50 inch screen.

        "But if you’re traveling, it’s pretty good – more than good enough"
        Sounds like you are very undemanding.

        • Justin Pot
          June 15, 2015 at 7:34 pm

          It's true that I am extremely undemanding. No questions there.

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