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Online TV Shows: More Viewers, More Websites, More Programming
Weekly viewing of full-length episodes reportedly doubled in 2007, with a glut of offerings and more websites to air them.
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Joost.com is one of several websites that offer a variety of streaming TV channels
January 23, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger

Do you watch a lot of TV online? Is your computer hooked up to a large display so you can get the best of both worlds? Are you sick of the writers’ strike and going to the web to catch up on old episodes you might have missed?

Online movie rentals and downloads are gaining momentum with the latest announcements from Apple, but we also like stuff that’s free. In that respect, online TV streaming is also proliferating, with an increasing number of people watching and having greater access to an increasing number of TV choices online.

You might be familiar with the networks’ own streaming video, on ABC.com or NBC.com, perhaps, but are you checking out Joost or Veoh or MeeVee as well? They’ve got tons of choices from the big four networks as well as other channels for you to see full episodes.

USA Today has a story with good, quick-read capsule writeups on eight websites that feature full-length video (some still in beta mode): Fancast.com, Hulu.com, Joost.com, MeeVee.com, Veoh.com, Myspace.com/primetime, Television.Aol.com and tv.yahoo.com.

The article sites numbers from market research firm Horowitz Associates that point to a doubling in the percentage of people who watched a full show online each week in 2007, from 8 percent up to 16 percent.

TV on DVD box sets have been a huge hit—people can get everything from “Sanford and Son” to “The Simpsons” and it looks like the boom is part of these websites too. Shows like “Miami Vice,” the original “Star Trek,” and “Picket Fences” are just a few of the archived options. It’s all part of why pretty soon there’ll be no more need for buying hard discs, when we can watch anything we want online.

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Arlen Schweiger - Contributor, Electronic House Magazine
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com and Electronic House magazine.

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