If you get your daily TV fix via satellite or cable TV, then you’re paying for the privilege. In the age of the high speed information super highway is there a way to watch television and not pay anything at all? Probably not. Even television shows downloaded via bit torrents come with a price. You need internet access to make it happen.
TV For Free: 3 Easy Ways
Allow me to assume for a moment that you have an internet connection to your Mac. Yes, I know. That may be a broad assumption but if you’re reading this you’re connected, so close enough.
Internet access often costs as much as cable TV or satellite TV, so you’re really paying twice for the privilege of being informed and entertained.
One free way is to visit those few and far between websites that actually stream their TV shows. All you need to do is connect and suffer through a few commercials.
Another free way is known as BitTorrent which lets you download TV shows and movies (and much more) from other users on the internet. For that, one of the best apps is the free Transmission app.
Or, if you’d prefer to focus specifically on television shows, TVShows is the Mac app that makes torrent connections almost as easy as YouTube.
Getting started is as easy as installing TVShows and clicking the On button.
Use the TVShows app to search for television shows online.
Unlike most bittorrent apps, TVShows is setup and ready to go. Search, select, and click to download available television episodes.
Preferences are rather straightforward. TVShows uses Growl to give you notifications gives you options on the frequency for checking available episodes.
Unlike typical bittorrent downloads, TVShows is curated and lists over 425 television shows.
Because it’s a torrent app (you’ll still need to download Transmission), you’re being allowed to share a television show video which has been placed online by other users.
TVShows also differs from most bittorrent apps in that it’s focused only on television shows, and it bypasses the cumbersome steps to find and setup torrents.
You can subscribe to shows from the TVShows list and updates are downloaded to your Mac automatically, saved, and ready for viewing at your leisure.
TVShows is free. All you need is a fast internet connection.