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The 15 Best Sites to Watch TV on Your Computer Over the Internet

Dan Price Updated 14-12-2019

With the rise of streaming services, there are now more ways than ever to watch TV online, whether you’re binge-watching TV series, watching free live TV, or sitting through endless movies.


Here are the best sites to watch TV on your computer over the internet.

1. Netflix

If you want to watch TV series online, Netflix is the undisputed king.

You can find everything from the best period dramas The 12 Best Period Dramas to Watch on Netflix We love good period dramas, especially ones set in old-world England. Here are the best period dramas on Netflix right now. Read More to awesome Netflix originals you’ve never heard of 10 Awesome Netflix Originals You've Probably Never Heard Of Alongside the headline-making shows such as House of Cards and Stranger Things, there are countless Netflix originals that may have passed you by. Read More . There’s also a vast library of movies, documentaries, kids’ shows, and more.

2. Hulu

For a long time, Hulu was the go-to place for people looking to stream free TV. You could find old episodes of shows that you haven’t seen in years. If you were willing to pay, you could find a growing library of movies and more recent TV episodes.

Today, there is no free tier. If you want to watch the current seasons of popular TV shows, you will need to pay for a subscription. Hulu is also a good place to find recent movies and even some original series.


3. Amazon Prime Video

Amazon offers two different solutions for watching TV series and movies.

Firstly, there’s Amazon Prime Video. The service is a competitor to Netflix, and you get access as part of your Amazon Prime subscription. Secondly, you can rent or buy digital copies of TV shows and movies that you can watch on your various devices.

4. Vudu

Vudu started out offering its own devices via proprietary peer-to-peer technology. In March 2010, Walmart acquired the company, and it shifted to providing a library of thousands of streaming movies and TV series What Is Vudu and How Does It Work? What is Vudu? How does Vudu work? How much does Vudu cost? Here's everything you need to know about streaming on Vudu. Read More .

Vudu’s pricing for individual video rentals is competitive with Amazon’s pricing structure, with the added competitive advantage that there’s absolutely no membership fee for signing up with Vudu. You pay for whatever you watch.


The app also has a free section. Anyone can watch TV shows for free without downloading them; you can choose from a library of hundreds of free movies or TV shows. All of the free TV shows and movies are ad-supported.

5. Xfinity Stream

xfinity stream app

Through its Xfinity brand, Comcast is quickly expanding its entertainment offering to include internet-based media streaming services. The service offered to all of its customers is called Xfinity Stream.

This service allows customers to choose from a collection of popular (and recent) TV series and movies.


6. iTunes

Apple provides digital content through iTunes. On iTunes, you’ll notice two categories: TV Shows and Movies.

Prices for both movies and TV episodes are comparable to other services like Amazon and Vudu, but you get the added benefit of quick access to iTunes from all of your Apple devices.

7. Google Play

google play movies list

Google provides digital content through Google Play. On Google Play, you’ll find a Movies and TV section where you can buy and stream both movies and TV episodes to your Android (and other Google) devices.


Prices are generally equivalent to iTunes prices, but again the benefit of using this service is how quick and easy it is to access all of your favorite entertainment straight from your Android devices. Fast, easy, and with no subscription required.

8. FandangoNOW

Fandango has been around for a long time What Is Fandango and How Does It Work? What is Fandango and how does it work? What features are available beyond movie ticketing? Here's everything to know about it. Read More as one of the internet’s most well-known movie review sites. But the site is also a place you may want to go to watch movies as well. Fandango’s streaming service is called FandangoNOW.

There is no subscription fee. Just pay for the TV series and movies you want to watch on an a la carte basis.

9. Sling TV

Many of the services we have looked at so far are suited towards streaming TV shows on-demand rather than letting you stream live TV. Sling, however, is different. It enables you to stream many of the mainstream American TV networks in real-time.

Two packages are available: Orange and Blue. Orange provides access to AMC, CNN, ESPN, the Food Network, TBS, and a few other mainstream channels. Blue adds channels from FOX and NBC. You can watch on one device at a time with Orange and up to three devices with Blue.

Sling TV is cheaper than the competition because it does not carry local programming. However, we’ve shown how to watch local TV How to Watch Local TV Channels Without Cable There are several ways to watch local TV channels without cable. Here are all of your options and how to make use of them. Read More using other methods.

The service is only available in the US.

10. YouTube TV

If you want to watch live TV over the internet, check out YouTube TV. It carries live programming from more than 60 American TV networks. The country’s biggest networks—such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, TBS, and ESPN—are all included. You can also enjoy international channels like BBC World News.

YouTube TV is also a must-have if you’re a baseball or soccer fan. It has a deal in place with MLB.tv and regional broadcasting deals with the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles FC.

After initially launching in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, YouTube TV is now available in 98 percent of US homes.

11. PlayStation Vue

Despite the name, you do not need to own a PlayStation or subscribe to PlayStation Plus to access PlayStation Vue. Instead, the service is a standalone product that lets you watch live TV on a computer or other device.

In addition to live TV, PlayStation Vue also offers on-demand video and a cloud-based DVR feature.

There are different packages available. The cheapest package— PlayStation Vue Access—costs $45/month and includes channels from CNN, ESPN, Disney, FOX Sports, MSNBC, Telemundo, and more.

The premium package (PlayStation Vue Ultra) costs almost $80/month.

12. DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now won’t let you stream TV shows for free, but for a small monthly fee, you can get access to a host of live TV shows. Like PlayStation Vue, the service offers on-demand TV shows and movies.

The basic package includes channels from many of the leading US TV networks, including A&E, AMC, CBS, Discovery, Disney, FOX, NBC, and Univision. If you pay an extra fee, you also get access to HBO GO, Showtime on Demand, Starz on Demand, amd Max GO.

Once again, the app is only available to people who live in the United States.

13. USTVNow

ustv now prices

If you want to watch free TV shows, your options are more limited. Sure, there are plenty of illegal options out there, but if you want to stay within the confines of the law (and you really should), there are fewer services available.

If you’re an American, it’s always worth checking out USTVNow. There’s a free plan which provides access to five channels. They are ABC, CBS, The CW, PBS, and My9.

For $19/month, you can upgrade to 24 channels. The channels include AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Bravo, CNBC, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, FX, FOX News, MSNBC, National Geographic, NBC Sports, Nickelodeon, Syfy, and TLC.

You need to be either an American citizen or an American resident to use USTVNow.

14. Pluto TV

Pluto TV is another way to watch free TV and movies online.

The content line-up is somewhat different from the apps and services we have discussed so far. Although there are some mainstream TV networks available—including Bloomberg, Sky News, and CNBC—many of the channels are online-only networks like Cheddar and Newsy.

Pluto also offers several specialist movie channels that focus on a particular genre. For example, there’s Pluto TV Westerns, Pluto TV Romance, Pluto TV Family, Pluto TV Horror, and many more.

In total, there are more than 100 free TV channels for you to browse.

15. FuboTV

Anyone who loves sports should give serious consideration to FuboTV. It specializes in airing NFL, MLB, NBA, and soccer from around the world. The app has exclusive English-language rights to Friday night matches in Mexico’s Liga MX; it is the most popular soccer league in the US.

We’ve looked at more live sports streaming sites The 7 Best Live Sports Streaming Sites In this article, we list the best sports streaming sites available online. All of which are entirely legal. Read More if you need an alternative..

Don’t Forget TV Network Sites!

Finally, it’s always worth checking the websites of the major TV networks. Most of the big names have some way to watch their latest TV shows a day or two after they air.

Some require you to have an existing cable connection (so they may not be a solution for cord cutters). However, others make their shows available to everyone.

Other Ways to Watch TV on Your Computer

If you want to stream TV shows online, these sites and services aren’t your only options. You can also use apps like Kodi and Plex.

To learn more, check out our articles on private Roku channels you should install right now 20 Private and Hidden Roku Channels You Should Install Now Here are the best private and hidden Roku channels you should install right now. There are some absolute winners! Read More and everything you need to know about Plex live TV Plex Live TV: Everything You Need to Know Plex has added live TV channels to its service, but what exactly is Plex Live TV? We have everything you need to know about this exciting new option for cord-cutters. Read More .

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  2. Michael Tucker
    February 27, 2020 at 3:33 am

    "DirecTV Now won’t let you stream TV shows for free, but for a small monthly fee, you can get access to a host of live TV shows. "

    $65 a month. A small fee.

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  4. NYCandre
    August 2, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Why no mention of Locast? It is a non-profit which retransmits over the internet what local TV companies broadcast over the air for free. The various cable companies *charge* you for this ...

  5. NYCandre
    August 2, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Why no mention of Locast? It is a non-profit which retransmits for free the free on the air programming of local stations.

  6. Mark
    March 14, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    I like telejay.com they have over 3000 channels, even HBO

  7. Pat
    March 5, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    What about PHILO?

  8. Dean
    December 11, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I think you're being a little unfair to Amazon Prime by not mentioning all the other values that are included with it. Just say'in...

  9. James
    October 22, 2017 at 2:13 am

    What about the windows 10 Movies & TV app?

  10. Jamerson
    August 30, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Most of these options are geolocked to the USA

  11. Mustafa
    July 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Switch from Cable from IPTV only when you get what you needed that too at reasonable price. Don't stick with a particular TV show or Channel, you may miss few other channels which you used to watch often. So think twice before switching, I am a big fan of Indian TV Channels so i switched from Cable to IPTV, now I am missing HBO.

  12. Ken Driver
    March 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    I still think cable is best. You have the DVR which is great. There are a lot of great basic cable channels that produce original shows that are better than most movies. A lot of movies just aren't worth paying for.

  13. Leah
    March 20, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Until I can get live local baseball games on the 'net I will have cable. They have suckered me in.

    • Oofy Prosser
      May 20, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Ditto for hockey. And not just local games, either. ANY games.

    • Jim
      March 5, 2019 at 8:20 pm


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    April 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    waste donot use this site it will waste your mb and you cannot do anything

  15. Jason
    January 27, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Thank you so much for this! I've been looking everywhere for a way to watch television and the first option, Sling, works great!

  16. J
    January 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    What I find frustrating is the shows freezing a lot. Fancast, Hulu, IMDB. It seems that it is mostly CBS shows but it happens a lot. Is that internet connection or pc issues? Could it be the site lagging from users?

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    September 12, 2009 at 8:17 pm

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    What?? The "TVChannelsFree" site you mentioned asks for my CELL NUMBER. Instant fraud site alert!

  23. Chris
    September 5, 2009 at 11:07 am


    I watch TV channels from USA, UK and Europe on Youweb.TV :


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  25. Scott
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    How can I use these sites overseas? I've heard of people using ISP blockers. What's out there I can use?

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  31. chad
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  32. Ryan Dube
    January 31, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Thanks. I have to say that Hulu and Sling are, by far, my favorite for movies. But I agree, when I want to watch sports online I always turn to MyP2P too. Thanks for your comment!

  33. Ryan Dube
    January 29, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Edwin, thanks for your comment. Yeah, yahoo and McAfee both report that the site has spyware, adware, and other "malicious" ads running. I'd avoid it..

  34. Edwin
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    Hi, ever hear about zangocash? This site legit? Ever heard their program is contains spyware? many thanks.

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    It's a bit of strange, i can't post the link.

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      link ?

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    just go to ovguide.com they have links to everything known to man

  41. j•murg
    January 2, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Very helpful and informative article. Thanks for taking the time to research and share, Ryan.

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  42. Topsy-Techie
    December 31, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    We chucked our satellite about six months ago, and haven't missed it a bit! One of the sites we use the most is VIP-TV.net. It isn't completely free, but pretty close! I've struggled to find a good sports source, though, so thanks for the info on that!

  43. Ryan
    December 31, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    For those who want to watch Internet TV on a TV...

    Here's a how to (if interested):

    I got sick of watching on my computer and paying $80 a month for stuff I could watch free on the net!

    HTH some readers :)

  44. Pat
    December 31, 2008 at 6:49 am

    What?? No mention of boxee? It's about to go public alpha on Jan 8th.

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  46. alex
    December 31, 2008 at 2:10 am

    What about software for watching tv from a tuner?

  47. Marco
    December 30, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    @ Ryan

    Excellent piece! Definitely going to my bookmarks.

  48. FancastFan
    December 30, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Ryan, just to note your response to Mike, while Fancast certainly has shows from NBC and Fox (the parent companies of Hulu, hence the logo on some of the videos) it ALSO has full-length programs from ABC, CBS, Viacom cable nets like Comedy Central, and other outlets like The WB - in fact, every major network and studio, including pay channels like HBO, Showtime and Starz. And old classics too from the golden age of sit-coms (which usually means CBS).
    Maybe you can note that?
    Jim (for fancast)

  49. Kevin
    December 30, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    I'm pretty sure that Tom & Jerry has never been on Nick. I went on the site and it showed Flinstones, and Spongebob was on on my TV. Went to Cartoon Network and it showed some old show I vaguely remember seeing on TV several years ago. Inner-Live is more like Inner-5 Years. I WANT MY CARTOONS! >:C

  50. Ryan Dube
    December 30, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Mike - thanks for your comment. Did you notice that Fancast has the Hulu logo at the top of their videos for the full length TV episodes?

  51. Mike
    December 30, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Not all cable companies are oblivious to Internet TV. Comcast, for instance, took the initiative to launch Fancast, which you don't list here and which is a better site than half of the ones you've got listed, IMO.

  52. san
    December 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    of no use to european region users,, what a shame.

    unless you get a proxy , which is in USA and is fast enough to stream,, but thats almost impossible..

    mabe in 10 years it will be available here too

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    December 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    anyone know anything about http://www.isoftwaretv.com/ ?

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      January 21, 2009 at 9:16 am

      hi gregg, i have been looking at this one too, did you find out if it's legit?

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