What are the best ways to watch TV from a laptop?

asked by Dan Maynard
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8 solutions
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    Free Trial

    #1HBO

    HBO

    Home Box Office (HBO) is an American premium cable and satellite television network specializing in movies, original TV shows, along with made-for-cable movies and documentaries, boxing matches, and occasional comedy and concert specials.

    Websites

    $14.99- /month - Varies by plan

    Daniel Cruz
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "As always, HBO is the best when it comes to movies and TV shows. The fact that you can now watch their TV series, that you'd only normally watch on cable, online is a huge step forward and a good way to keep their consumers, including me, interested!"
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    #2FOX

    FOX

    The Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. It is a brand name used by different channels around the world.

    Websites

    Varies by plan

    Annie Xu
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "shoot me for saying this, but online tv is better than cable tv. cable tv censors some parts of twd which i find impt to the shows development. whilst the net television version shows them without filters, gore and guts and all. guess im sticking to internet tv now instead of watching it on cable :D"
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    #3ABC

    ABC

    ABC is the official app of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It is an app that provides up-to-date Australian news stories, and it has various options to allow users to see news topics that they are interested in first. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Douglas Baker
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "I used to be one of those skeptics who didn't trust the internet, until my grandkids introduced me to ABC's online site after seeing me frustratingly waiting for my favorite TV shows to air. Needless to say, I'm a changed man. Who knew some younger kids would actually teach me something that I'd be able to use, right?"
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    #4Netflix

    Netflix

    Netflix is a video-on-demand platform where you can watch movies and TV shows and start streaming from your Windows or Mac computer, smart devices such as smartphones and tablets as well as on your home gaming consoles.

    Streaming Services

    Varies by Plan

    Laura Medina
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "Netflix is probably the most popular site for watching tv shows, both original to them or not. It also has shows that you wont be able to see on cable tv which they call 'originals', and some of them are 100 times better than most of the shows you see on cable nowadays."
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    #5Vudu

    Vudu

    Vudu is an American company that offers video-on-demand services. It is available to both Android and iOS devices, along with Windows and Mac computers. It has a library that contains both the latest releases and timeless classics. It's only accessible from the US and signing up is free.

    Websites

    Pay-per-view

    Doris Vargas
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "Not as popular as the others in this list, but itsa good palce to watch tv nonetheless. variety isnt that much but the shows they have are the ones i want and the ones that are good. so im content with this. + its a fast place to watch my tv shows. no buffering and ads, just like watching it on tv!"
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    #6Hulu

    Hulu

    Hulu is a video-on-demand service offering a huge catalog of exclusive programs, Hulu originals, and many more. It launched its live television streaming service in 2017, but currently, it is only available in the United States and Japan.

    Websites

    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Yolanda García
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "Good selection, and let me tell u, watching television on the internet is better than on tv due to it having no... wait for it... C O M M E R C I A L S. Thats right, no commercials on hulu and you can even rewind back to parts you missed. not going back to cable fr"
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    #7Amazon Prime

    Amazon Prime

    Amazon Prime is an Amazon service that gives the users many benefits when shopping on Amazon and using other Amazon products like video, music, and more. You'll get free express shipping on thousands of items, and lots more.

    Websites

    Check price

    Carlos Padilla
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "It isn't free, so you I expected good quality movies with no pixels and inaudible auido. I wasnt disappointed, i can tell you that much. it got me hooked for hours and hours straight. rlly good site here, hope you try it out too"
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    #8Xfinity Stream

    Xfinity Stream

    Xfinity Stream from Comcast Cable Communications LLC provides premium cable television channels for watching your favorite movies and TV shows in streaming or on-demand. 

    Websites

    Free

    Stephen Alvarez
    Written on September 18, 2018
    "Not that big of a site, but it has a good variety of shows still, i just hope they update the categories so i can give a higher rating xD"

Summary

Best What are the best ways to watch TV from a laptop
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1HBOWebsites 19 Paid
2FOXWebsites 14 Free
3ABCApps 10 Free
4NetflixStreaming Services 9 Paid
5VuduWebsites 7 Paid
6HuluWebsites 5 Paid
7Amazon PrimeWebsites 3 Paid
8Xfinity StreamWebsites 1 Free
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