Internet TV Sites Review

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Why Use Internet TV Sites?

It's a rare occurrence to set a designated time to watch a particular show these days. With DVR and the internet at your disposal, it just feels antiquated to sit on the couch and watch an hour of television filled with 20 minutes' worth of commercials. Streaming services from internet TV sites has managed to become a staple in many homes across the nation.

There are several reasons for the popularity of watching online TV at your leisure. First, many people don't have the time in the middle of the evening to watch an episode. In addition, progressively more people are dropping cable due to increasing bills and odd surcharges. While a few of the best internet TV services don't have the most recent episodes available for streaming, many viewers sacrifice being current for a great monthly price.

Internet TV doesn't have to be watched from your small computer desktop. With quality apps, you can enjoy binge watching from on your flat-screen TV or on a tablet if you're on the go. In our research, we found that the best services suited to watch TV online are Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Hulu Plus. For more information, feel free to check out our articles on streaming TV.

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Internet TV Sites: What to Look For

When choosing which online TV site is right for you, the first thing to consider is the TV shows you want to watch. Each site has the rights to stream different shows. No service has the rights to stream every program. No site has the perfect model, but that's how it is for now.
We rated and ranked internet TV sites based on the following criteria.

Content
If a service doesn't have the content you want to watch, you won't spend much time there. The top-ranked services have limited free trial periods, allowing you to glance at their content library. We looked for sites that spread their reach from multiple networks, giving users a wide variety of entertainment to satisfy their interests.

Features
You need more than just a Play button to have an enjoyable experience watching internet TV. Other features such as closed captioning, a customizable viewer profile and parental controls make the experience far better. We also ranked on the availability of apps made for game consoles, smart TVs, tablets and Wi-Fi enabled devices.

User Experience
It's extremely important that internet TV sites are easy to use. Watching TV shouldn't be difficult, so the design of the site should be simple, with an intuitive player and accurate search system to help you find your favorite shows. Because each of these sites offers paid services, we also looked at the rate of advertisements, if any.

Help & Support
Using a streaming service is easy, but in the event that things don't work out, you need several different ways to get help. FAQs and email support are standard, but many sites offer other sources of aid when you have problems.

The best internet TV sites have the right combination of these elements. However, none of them is perfect, so make sure you know what the most important features are to you and choose accordingly. When you do, you'll be ready to watch your favorite shows whenever you want.

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10-9  Excellent
8-6    Good
5-4    Average
3-2    Poor
1-0    Bad
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6.88
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Pricing
Membership Fee $7.99/Month $79/Year $7.99/Month       
Pay Per View (SD)   $1.99   $1.99 $1.99 $1.99 $1.99 $1.99 $1.99
Pay Per View (HD)   $2.99   $2.99 $2.99 $2.99 $2.99 NA $2.99
Free Trial 1 Month 1 Month 1 Week       
Content
Current Episodes  
Full Streaming Seasons
Multiple Networks
Movies on Demand
Classic Series
 
 
Kid-Friendly
  
  
Exclusive Content
      
Original Content
      
Features
Mobile App
 
Closed Captioning
Variable
 
 
Search Feature
Queue
  
Game Console App
   
Smart TV App
  
Parental Controls
 
 
   
Customizable Viewer Profile
 
     
User Experience
Ease of Use (%) 95 90 90 80 65 75 80 65 40
User Rating System
 
 
No Streaming Commercials
 
 
 
No On-Page Advertising
 
 
 
Taste Recommendations
 
 
    
Social Media Integration
 
 
    
Binge-Watcher Friendly
      
Multiple Viewer Profiles
        
Help & Support
Email Support
  
Tutorials
FAQs
 
Social Media
Live Chat