I did not start watching the series Harper’s Island until two weeks ago – but have since caught up on all the episodes and would recommend it to anyone who is not afraid of some horror-like plot lines. I was surprised how good it was and eagerly await the new episodes – even if there are only a handful left.
If you are bored – or cannot find anything on TV – check it out on CBS’s web site where you can watch all the episodes online for free!
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how you can legally watch almost all network shows on their web site. I wanted to follow up with some comments and afterthoughts. First, I feel it is necessary to say something about each network’s video player. (ABC, CBS, NBC)
Best Online Video Experience Rating
- ABC. By far, ABC has the best player. There are plenty of shows available, the video is crisp, it loads fast (little to no waiting), the commercials interruptions are not too frequent, and the UI is great. Overall, it is well put together.
- CBS. I have not watched many CBS shows online, but from what I have seen so far, I would rate their player only second to ABC. The show selection is pretty impressive (perhaps the most impressive – but I am partial…they have my soap available). The video loads fast, but is not as crisp as ABC. I think the commercials are done better then ABC (they are less disruptive and fewer). The UI is not as intuitive as ABC, but overall they did a great job
- NBC. This is the last network I turn to when nothing good is on TV. The video is ok, but the commercials are spliced in so poorly that it looks like something done by someone with actual film, tape, and scissors. The selection is not as good as the other two networks, and to be honest, I had the highest hopes for NBC. (I see NBC as the Yankee team in the big networks league (most wealthy). They have a lot of room for improvement.
Overall – if you STILL have not checked these full episode catalogs out – don’t you dare complain when “nothing is on”. I am sure you could find something you missed or wanted to check out but never did.
I have been watching TV shows on the web through the big Network’s web sites (ABC, CBS, NBC) for a little over a year now when the TiVO or the TiVO user fails to catch a show I am interested in, but I really had not checked out all the big network’s full episode catalogs in awhile. I mainly go to ABC to catch up on Brothers and Sisters and had also decided to check out a few new series (I really like Car Poolers). I then decided to go to CBS and NBC’s catalogs and I was very impressed! I can even watch my soap opera Guiding Light – in full – from anywhere I have a web browser and a high speed connection. If you have not checked out the “full episode” sections of ABC, CBS, and NBC – do so next time you find yourself flipping aimlessly through the channels. There is a good chance you missed an episode of something you watch – which is now available for you free!