9 Cool Channels To Stream Free (Legal) TV OnlineBy Steph Myers / December 7, 2015 / Tags: Cut Cable, Streaming TV
Here are some popular channels that let you stream full episodes of TV shows for free—no cable required!
Looking for ways to watch TV for free? You’re in luck. Not a lot of the top channels — but some great ones — make full episodes of shows available to stream online without requiring a cable or satellite subscription. That is, free free.
Here are some channels you’ll definitely want to check out:
♦ Comedy Central — The home of comedy has a lot of content available online. You can stream full episodes of shows like South Park, Nathan for You, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, among others. There’s even more available if you have a cable subscription, but the free stuff will keep you entertained for a while.
♦ Nick — Grab the kids, or go ahead and indulge that guilty pleasure — “It’s A SpongeBob Christmas” is streaming free on Nick right now! So are full episodes from a bunch of other hit Nick shows for both young viewers and viewers young at heart.
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♦ PBS — The country’s largest public television network provides free access to its news shows and hit programs like Downton Abbey. Check the main site, pbs.org, as well as local PBS member stations. (To find the PBS station in your area use the search box above, e.g. ‘PBS Miami’)
♦ PBS Kids — Children’s programming from PBS will entertain and educate the kids. Go to pbskids.org, or to your local station to stream episodes.
♦ A&E — You can stream full episodes of Storage Wars, Duck Dynasty, Married at First Sight, Nightwatch and more for free from A&E. A lot of content is locked behind a subscription wall, but you can try out shows and find some entertaining stuff that’s available to all. If you want to see shows from A&E in other countries, do a search for “A&E” above.
♦ History — Stream free episodes of Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Ice Road Truckers, Alone and others. A personal note, if you haven’t seen Alone, and you love outdoors/survival reality shows, definitely check it out. Its novel premise, memorable ‘contestants,’ and excellent production make it downright binge-worthy. There are also a lot of international versions of History. A search in the box above will turn up History Costa Rica, History Germany, Viasat History (from Sweden), and a bunch more.
♦ Lifetime — Lifetime lets visitors stream full episodes of TV shows and full movies for free (again, an even bigger selection is available if you sign in with a cable provider). Try some free episodes of America’s Supernanny to get started.
♦ Food Network — Go to the site’s videos section to find free full episodes and other segments from shows. (Here’s the free episode of Chopped ‘Season’s Choppings’.) For more “foodie” channels, do a search for food, cooking, nutrition, etc.
♦ Smithsonian Channel — Smithsonian Channel has a compelling line-up of shows you can stream for free. Their video collection also has some great, original content.
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If you’re willing to venture beyond the mainstream, there are actually thousands of channels around the world that offer free, legal TV online. Just use the search box above to explore. You can search by genre (entertainment, music, comedy, movies), location (there are some cool channels from the U.K.) or keyword.
Whether you’re a cord-cutter, a cord-never, or just looking for more flexible ways to watch TV, streaming full episodes of shows online is a great option. The good news is that the number of channels that let visitors stream episodes is growing, as networks adapt to the new ways people want to watch TV. Increasingly, that means without paying hundreds of dollars a month for a cable or satellite subscription.
The bad news is that the selection is still limited in terms of the most popular cable channels go, as you can see from the list above. But it’s sure to expand in the near future, so check back for updates.