Editor’s note: Andrea Shea King, veteran reporter and radio host, today begins an exclusive weekly column focusing on hot Internet sites to watch.
TV on demand – the merging of television and computer – is upon us. Get your favorite shows online for free!
If you missed any of the “SNL” skits, “The Daily Show” segments, or other TV programs and movie clips, HULU has them, along with a gallery of much more.
AOL’s In2TV claims the largest selection of free TV shows on the Web. Memorable favorites include episodes of “Gilligan’s Island,” “Welcome Back Kotter,” “Babylon 5,” “The Ben Stiller Show” and more. And fun childhood favorites like “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “The Jetsons” and “Looney Tunes.”
Yahoo!’s new site features schedules for broadcast and premium programming. You can watch preview or summary clips of the latest shows. If you have a TiVo, you can schedule recordings from the site. You also can join the Yahoo! TV community and rate individual series episodes.
Link TV is an original online source of documentaries and news. Many of the available programs focus on foreign cultures and political and environmental issues. The site relies on donations and encourages activism in environmental organizations.
TV Land is dedicated to the TV shows of yesteryear, including “MASH,” “Get Smart,” “I Love Lucy,” “All in the Family,” “The Odd Couple” and more. Watch recent interviews with the stars for their insights. The Retromercials section features old-time TV commercials sure to bring back memories.
The best of Discovery Channel’s interesting programs offer everything from dinosaur documentaries to the World’s Ugliest Dog Competition. Check out the Video Downloads section. Alongside the pay selections are free full-length offerings every week.
Check out this global overview news feed, posted nightly at Gates of Vienna just before midnight Eastern. The compilation links to global articles reporting on the spread of jihad, intelligence reports, cultural and political issues, corruption, crime and politics from contributors worldwide.
At this site, news is so fake, you’ll think it came from the mainstream media. Mostly it’s as obvious at the nose on your face. The Nose on Your Face comedy team also creates the opening comedy skits for Gov. Mike Huckabee’s weekend program on Fox News Channel.
For off-the-wall stuff. If you revel in odd news stories, here’s your landing pad. Fark’s Drew Curtis revels in odd news stories. The website is a news aggregator and an edited social networking news site. Every day Fark receives 2,000 or so news submissions from its readership.
Sometimes you just need a break. When you do, check this out. The premier portal of pointlessness, with games, puzzles and assorted oddities guaranteed to amuse.
Survival of the fittest: In tough circumstances, sometimes all you need is hope, but other times you need a blow-up survival shelter featuring a bed, a couch, freeze-dried food, a 50-gallon water bladder, a first-aid kit, a radio and a cook stove. And the latter is exactly what the “Life Cube” from startup Inflatable World is designed to provide. Packaged into a four-foot-tall cube, it inflates into a 12-foot-tall structure built from the same thick plastic as a bouncy house.