I’m just learning about this, so making some notes here.
There’s a lot of choices, and sorting them out will take some effort. Mostly finding out what works, what doesn’t, and what works but only after you apply money or give away your personal privacy.
First up, on a quick trial I’m pleased with Hulu. They ask for a login ( that I’ve not done ) but it looks like the purpose is to provide deluxe content. OK, I’m happy with the ‘free stuff’ for a while, so we’ll see when I run out of “interesting and free”.
Took a little bit to find that under the “browse” dropdown were some free things. Like the series “Touch” that I’ve watched a bit and found interesting. The general thesis being that a batch of kids with special gifts (seen as learning disabled by the general public) are really saving the world, one event at a time.
Some Global TV
Claims to provide many TV stations from all over the planet. Two didn’t work for me (but may be a time of day issue or a security setting in my browser that doesn’t allow page redirections) and several more wanted me to install a plug-in (which I won’t do until I know a site is OK and the plug-in is a safe thing…) so I’m unable to say if it is a good service, or a phishing site. Mostly just documenting it here so I’ll know what I need to research further. Frankly, I’d really like to be able to see things like that Australian News…
Al Jazeera English DID work for me from their site, so I suspect that the plug-in likely legit and that’s all that prevents me from getting ABC news; but I’m the kind that isn’t going to install software from the internet on a hunch. Sometime after I’ve booted up a Virtual Box, or have a disposable Linux box to try it, then I’ll try again; but not on a ‘main machine’ blind not knowing the site…
FreeTube or Livestream?
Looks like it is an entry point to other services. Several menu entries took me off to a livestream feed ( the old movies, for example). A couple of others wanted a plugin installed too (so they get to wait until my due diligence is done).
is one I’ve used before (for a broadcast of my Son playing guitar on stage at a church event – a several thousand person event.) Near as I can tell, it’s a decent and safe provider. The top page says to “log in” and I can’t find any particular way to see things from that top level page without logging in; so I find it a bit odd that via the aggregator links at the above site I can get content without logging in.
Clearly there’s a bit more to do here, too, to figure out how best to get interesting free and privacy acceptable content to watch…
Clicking on one of the “video posters” near the bottom gave a new page about that event; and at the top of that page are some ‘dropdown’ menues on topic types (like “news” and “music” and “SpaceX”). The Fox8 news just showed “we’ll be right back” and ran a commercial loop. The SpaceX menu had some nice choices. I got to watch the first launch of Falcon there!
So they’ve got some interesting “canned” stuff, even if most of what they do is live events. Don’t know what added you get with a login / account; but one was needed to join the concert where my Son was playing, so it may be an authenticator for particular private events.
Some Odds and End
Looks like another aggregator. It DOES have an ABC Australian News Feed that works, and without a plugin:
They have a ‘world’ dropdown at the top level and claims to have many other nations; but I’ve not explored what all works and what doesn’t. Some of them were very slow to open so I gave up ( like Uruguay ) while others opened in a new window in a way that a bit clunky (i.e. small inset with scroll bar) but might work better with other browsers.
Claims to bring a lot of free sports, but requires something or other be downloaded, so I’ve not tried it. (I’m not fond of things that look like an ad / teaser at the top level instead of a working service…)
Looks like another link aggregator, and has some interesting links. One, hiding under the ‘full episodes’ dropdown, took me off to a Greek TV website where a bit of “hoping I figured out what the Greek letters said” landed me on the nightly weather report:
Presented by Maria, a cute blond who talks very fast…
Their home page:
Where you can get a lot more than the weather, but puzzling through the Greek is, er, a small challenge for some of us.
I’m sure there is much much more to find on that aggregator site, but it would take me a couple of hours to explore it, so pressing on…
Claims to be the ‘biggest’, but their “classic movies” came up with a Livestream tag on it AND had occasional pauses, as though the data were being relayed through a slightly overworked router. Their “ABC News” gave me a web-cam watching the Los Angeles traffic. So there may be some good things hiding in there, but you get to dig through some “low content” volume to find it…
Oh, and a couple wanted a plugin… (It would be nice if they said WHICH plug-in so I could go get it myself direct from the maker and not have to trust them to not be planting Trojans…)
Sidebar: Does anyone ELSE find it odd that the “bad thing with bad things hiding in it” is called a Trojan when it was the Greeks who built the damn horse? They OUGHT to be called “Greeks”… IMHO of course. All the Trojans did was to accept the “gift” (giving us the phrase “Be ware of Greeks bearing gifts”…)
And yet another aggregator: http://www.liveinternettv.net/ with a long list of countries down the side… Don’t know how often they update it… the top level advert is for a 2006 Soccer / Football match: “Watch FIFA World Cup 2006 Live Internet TV!”
It looks to me like one of the best uses of a site like that is just as a way to find your own play list of direct sites. For example, I found this “Nighly News” from Ireland through them:
There’s a lot more out there to watch, for free, than I have time to watch. There are also many sites looking to generate traffic via listing those sites. More than I have time to sort out. Clearly figuring out what you want to watch, finding the actual source, and making your own ‘play list’ of links, is going to work best in the long run.
For now, I’ve got enough places here that I can start on that process. For a “language junky” it’s also kind of fun to be able to hear native language speakers doing normal things. Not the stuff that’s on language tapes. Like that Greek. Way faster than I’d expected and with a ‘sort of Italian hint’ to it that was also not what I’d expected. I think that means there are some dialect issues that you don’t get from the ‘snippets’ of things on the US news; like the Greek Parliament voting on bailouts…
So I’m likely to make a ‘short list’ after a bit more browsing on some of the links above. If that doesn’t do it for me, well, there’s a whole lot more listed on a simple search:
It’s a strange world, this internet TV one…