tv3This is no secret to most, but sometimes I am surprised how many folks (friends & relatives) don’t know that they can watch movies and shows online for free! And they have never heard of Hulu until I mention it.

This is a repost from my original on Type-A Mom. Without further ado, here it is:

Times are hard, the economy is bad and lots of people are cutting out luxuries like cable TV channels. But that does not mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite shows and even movies, FOR FREE.

There are a few websites out there that let you stream movies online to your computer. The quality is great, commercials are short, and you can pause, rewind, or rewatch the whole thing at your own pace. And if you have a big screen TV with a VGA, DVI, or S-video port, you can even enjoy them on a large screen, grab some popcorn and lounge on the couch.

Some of the websites that I love are:

1. Hulu.com – Hulu.com is awesome, and again it’s FREE! You can catch up on Episodes from local TV stations, cable statons, and even full feature films.  One of the coolest new things about Hulu is that you can download the desktop app and use it with your Windows Media Center compatible remote control. I have tried this out a little bit have have yet to get it working perfect. Apparently the mapping for some keys is not as we would expect it to be.

2. Joost.com – Joost is great if you are an old Retro show fan like I am. Shows include Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Family Ties, and much much more.

3. Youtube.com (Of course!) – As we all know, Youtube if full of funny videos, silly videos, music videos and more! But what you might not know is that a lot of stations like CBS keep a Youtube channel where you can watch old shows.

All of the major network stations offer some video clips, extras and even full episodes of the popular shows.

4. ABC.com – Lost, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, & Dancing with the Stars, to name a few.

5. CBS.com – The CSI series, Medium, and more.

6. SyFy.com (Formally SciFi.com) – Sanctuary, BSG, Stargate, and more.

7. FOX.com – Fringe, Bones, and more

8. Fancast.com – Tons of content from all over. Run by Comcast.

And there’s more. Just check the website for your favorite channel and see what you find.