Although it isn’t all free, video.aol.com is possibly the biggest and most popular onlinetv website. You can watch everything from internet video clips, to full network television shows. You can even purchase and download movies directly to your PC.
Most TV shows that cost money are around $1.99 (US) to download. Some of them are free.
I like this site because you can watch those old shows that you used to watch when you were a kid. Did you miss 24 this week? No problem, just download it from aol! Want to hear more about the latest hollywood scandal? (I know I do) Just log onto the site and pick your pleasure. It shouldn’t be hard to find because they claim to have the most comprehensive database of videos out there.
As for the quality, I tried watching a Beyonce/Shakira video and it was pretty good on a small screen, but when I enlarged it to full screen, the video was pixilated and very choppy. Still the it is much better than most other sites i’ve seen…except for maybe getdemocracy.com which lets you download your videos before you watch them, which makes for a better viewing experience.
This site also has many of the user videos that we all love to watch, and they’re ranked in order of popularity so it’s an easy way to find the best videos out there.
Sell your own videos
video.aol.com also lets you sell your own videos through Brightcove. They let you upload your videos and sell them on a per-view basis. Brightcove is kind enough to let you keep 70% of the purchase price.
I give a thumbs up to video.aol.com. I still think it should be free, (they’re making money on commercials anyway aren’t they?) but I think it is heading in the right direction, it gives us a much greater control over what we watch, and when we watch tv. Also the fact that they charge for some videos does give an incentive to those wanna-be directors or artists out there who want to make videos, television shows, music videos, or movies and now actually have a chance to make money at it!