Paying for cable seems so 2008, doesn’t it?  Check out this complete list of sites to legally stream full TV shows and movies from, for free!  Most sites will require either the newest version of Flash or the new Silverlight technology to run them, so if prompted, install those plug-ins.  From my experience, most work great in Firefox on Windows and Mac.

Broadcast Networks

Cable networks with full episodes and / or live streams

Roku + Netflix = Instant Movies on your TV

Show specific full episodes

Independent Internet-only networks

Aggregation sites

Pay Per View


Consider clipping your cable bill after all that is available for the cost of your current broadband internet connection.  If you’re curious to try out Netflix, you can get a 2 week free trial by clicking here.  Way back when, I was a huge fan of Joost, but it was clunky, only worked on my Windows computer (which I’ve since sold) and required a stand alone application.  Even after it became available for Mac I lost interest when Hulu opened up to the public.  Delivering most shows in 480p, full screen with only minor 15 second commercials, it’s one of the best sites out there.  Netflix is also getting better with the video delivery, but there is still a bit of room for improvement.

While I still enjoy flipping through channels on my TV, I can see streaming video starting to become more and more of my daily life, especially since I can’t always be home to watch a certain show at any given time when it airs.  The downside is most sites wait 24 hours to seven days to air the most recent shows, if you’re OK with that, checkout some of these sites!