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Channel surfing is the perfect thing to do when you can’t decide what to watch. Flicking through stations you’ll eventually find something you like, right? Or you might even discover something new.

That sort of serendipity isn’t common on the web, which is where today’s cool websites comes in. These services all bring the channel surfing experience to the web in different ways, meaning you don’t have to decide what to watch to be entertained. Of course, this being the Internet, it’s easy to skip content you don’t want until you find something good. Let’s get started!

Soupy.tv: Random YouTube Goodness

Open up this site and you’ll see the following message:

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Hit space and the madness begins, as random YouTube videos start playing. Hit space at any time to skip to the next video. In just a few minutes I saw:

  • Some guy standing on the steering wheel of his truck, with most of his body out the window, just to ditch it before it hit a fire hydrant.
  • A Spanish ad for what appeared to be a crowded, poorly constructed elevator.
  • A Japanese cooking show.
  • Some guy firing guns out his own window into the street, for no freaking reason.

So yeah: I’d say this is a pretty representative way to browse YouTube at random.

Pluto.tv: “TV Channels” Made From YouTube Videos

Want a bit more of an idea of what to expect? Pluto.tv offers a wide variety of channels, each made up of YouTube videos. From news, to sports highlights, to celebrity cats, you can find a channel dedicated to just about everything here.

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The interface offers an EPG, making browsing YouTube feel a lot like watching television. Personally I think the concept of channels is obsolete TV Channels Are Dead: Why Sling Isn't The Future Of Sports TV TV Channels Are Dead: Why Sling Isn't The Future Of Sports TV Kids don't watch channels; they watch shows. Worse, TV channels have been an obstacle for comprehensive coverage of live sports events. Sling doesn't solve that. Read More , but this service is an interesting counterpoint to that opinion.

Travelisty: Leanback Site For Travel Videos

Whether you’re planning a trip to a particular country or just want to see the sites virtually, Travelisty’s video portal is a great way to explore any country without getting up. You can browse several “channels” of videos from particular nations or regions.

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Do this, and you’ll start seeing all sorts of beautiful destinations. The videos all seem to be HD, and stunning.

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It’s a great way to spontaneously discover where you’d like to head for your next adventure.

Frequency: Videos From Numerous Sites

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The number of channels offered on this site is overwhelming. In addition to broad categories like “News” and “Things That Matter”, you’ll also find specific pages to watch content from a number of different websites. It’s less hands-off than some of the other services here as well, but worth checking out just for the sheer volume of content.

Reddit.tv: Your Favourite Subreddits as TV Channels

We’ve shown you how Reddit.tv works Reddit TV - The Web's Best Videos All In One Place Reddit TV - The Web's Best Videos All In One Place Watch the newest, coolest videos the web has to offer in one place. The name really says it all: Reddit TV. This aggregator is probably the web's premier place to discover what's hot on the... Read More before, but it’s gotten way better since then. The idea: the top-voted videos from Reddit will play, one after the other, letting you watch the best the web has to offer without a lot of work.

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Head to this site and videos will start playing immediately. You can browse a collection of default subreddits, seen above, or add your own. YouTube Haikus work particularly well YouTube Haikus: Short, Sweet And Absolutely Hysterical YouTube Haikus: Short, Sweet And Absolutely Hysterical Read More , but so does the documentary subreddit. Don’t miss this one, because it’s a great way to find videos you’ll love.

What Did We Miss? What Should We Do Next?

Are there any leanback video websites we’ve neglected to outline here? Point them out in the comments below. I’d also like it if you could let me know what kinds of subjects I should cover with this column – I’m new to it and could use all the help you can offer. I’ll be around in the comments, so let’s chat!

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  1. Mike Vertx
    January 23, 2016 at 2:44 am

    thanks for compiling and sharing this list! :)

    • Justin Pot
      January 24, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to read it! :)

  2. Simon
    March 21, 2015 at 1:34 am

    Sorry for the delay in responding - The problem (just grey snow- no videos) I was having with soupyTV was because I was using Firefox (on Windows). It worked fine when I switched to Internet Explorer.

    • Justin Pot
      March 21, 2015 at 1:41 am

      I'm glad you got it working, though it is odd that it didn't working in Firefox.

  3. michel
    March 16, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Can anyone think why I can't access Pluto.tv? I get a sparse landing page with a never-ending flipping list of channels. I never get anything else and nothing on the page is clickable - so I can't get any help or support (smart, guys). I've disabled any and all extensions that might interfere and even tried Hola and a US ip. No success on either Firefox or Chrome. It's a puzzle.

    • Justin Pot
      March 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      I don't know why this might be, but have gone ahead and reached out to Pluto.TV on Twitter. If they can help you, I'm sure they will.

  4. Steve
    March 16, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Two more non-stop video sites:
    Music Video Jukebox - http://1vdo.com
    Top 20 Music Videos - http://vid20.com

  5. Alexis
    March 16, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for introducing me to Pluto.tv!
    I found they have an app for Kodi, too. It will be very useful when I finish my project of a HTPC :D

    • Justin Pot
      March 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      I'm going to have to find that Kodi addon!

  6. Leandro Toledo
    March 15, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    Thank you for this post!
    I loved Pluto.tv

    Cheers!

    • Justin Pot
      March 16, 2015 at 12:45 am

      Yeah I like this concept a lot, I might have to see about getting it on my Kodi setup somehow.

  7. Matthew
    March 15, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Although it would seem random for everyone using it, soupy.tv is clearly not as in the first 5 videos I got the four you listed

    • Justin Pot
      March 16, 2015 at 12:45 am

      I get different ones every time I look, hmm. The creator, Simon, is in this thread...maybe he can fill us in about how it works?

    • Matt Connors
      March 16, 2015 at 3:36 am

      Hey there.

      The first couple times you load videos, I queue ones that people have typically not skipped. Right now, this includes a crazy Japanese commercial, that amazing elevator commercial, a crazy trombone player, etc. The idea being that starting people with the best of the worst will make them more likely to continue watching. I cycle out the most popular videos pending on site traffic as otherwise those videos would probably stay at the top forever.

      After the initial loads, I typically queue 80% fresh videos, and 20% "popular" videos. As you watch, I keep track of how long you've spent on the video, and judge whether or not it was worth showing again based on that.

      Hopefully this clears things up!

  8. michel
    March 14, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Neither Pluto nor Reddit work for me. Pluto just shows a landing page that never gets to any videos, let alone a guide like in your screen shot. And reddit "fails to load channel" no matter which I pick.

    • Justin Pot
      March 15, 2015 at 12:20 am

      Some of these sites wouldn't load for me at all with adblocking enabled, I possibly should have mentioned this in the article.

    • michel
      March 15, 2015 at 12:58 am

      I disabled my ad blocker, didn't help. Still nothing. Thanks anyway.

  9. Simon
    March 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    SoupyTV: when I "press space to roll the dice", all I see is snow, and every few seconds, a "you are watching......" screen pops up, and then more snow, then "you are watching.l..." ???

    Please advise.....

    • Justin Pot
      March 15, 2015 at 12:20 am

      In my testing adblock caused problems.

    • Matt Connors
      March 16, 2015 at 3:37 am

      Hey Simon,

      Not too sure what's up. I do know that Firefox was having issues on Linux, if you could shoot over your browser / OS I can look into things further. I believe it currently gets quite upset when HTML5 Video is not available.

      Sorry about that!

  10. Matt Connors
    March 14, 2015 at 9:09 am

    SoupyTV here - I'd love to hear any feedback. Apologies on web only for now, feel free to reach out to me to beta our mobile versions. :)

    • Justin Pot
      March 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope some of our readers can give you some feedback, but things can be a little slow here over the weekend.

  11. Manoj Bhargav
    March 14, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Thankyou for this post iam waiting to know about these sites from long time

    • Justin Pot
      March 14, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      I hope you enjoy them!

  12. Manny
    March 14, 2015 at 6:09 am

    stumbleupon with video filter set....

    • Justin Pot
      March 14, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      Do they have a video mode? I'll keep that in mind if I do another collection like this one.

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