I often dream about getting rid of my cable. I really can't, because there isn't any comparable competition in my area for home internet or television, it's still just a pipe-dream. Still, it's fun to explore the options, and there are more and more options for watching television via the Internet (no, these options won't LITERALLY replace your cable or satellite yet, but they might be a good option for traveling or outages). Here are my three favorites.
Hulu.com is a great place to watch TV and movies. No download is needed, and many of the episodes can be embedded on your website or blog. Plus, there are fewer commercials than on regular TV. They even have HGTV episodes, and who doesn't love that?! (That's a rhetorical question.) Plus, they have archives dating all the way back to the late 1940s for some shows. Very cool.
I like the navigation on Spreety.com. You just click on your channel or genre, the shows are alphabetized. The ads get a little crazy on this site, but like Hulu, the shows are hosted on the site, which means downloads are usually not necessary (as long as you have the player - if you don't the site will recommend one for you), and the episodes can be embedded elsewhere. The video viewing space is a bit small.
Fancast.com site doesn't have as many options, yet, but shows promise. These episodes they do have are also hosted online, and FanCast has fewer commercials and ads like Hulu. The video viewing space is larger than Hulu or Spreety - almost the full size of the screen. Very nice.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.