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Sunday, June 18, 2017

1821. TV Streaming

Friends keep telling me about great TV shows that I MUST watch, and that the show is available online. The problem is, I don’t know where to find these shows. I do have accounts at Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, but don’t know where to start. I guess I could search each one, but that seems silly. Isn’t there an equivalent of TV Guide for online streaming resources?

We have to agree: There has never been, in our lifetimes, more insanely great content available for our viewing. Sometimes, it seems that there’s too much. One of us watches far too much online content from each of these services (“The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Fargo”, “The Leftovers”, “Better Call Saul”, “Veep”, “Last Week Tonight”, and many more, each week. Too much TV!) And it can be difficult figuring out where to find any given show, and whether a particular movie is available online, as well.

If you own either a Roku or Apple TV set-top box, things are getting better. You can use the Search function in either to search for any particular content. (Yes, we know—other set-top boxes provide the same, or similar functionality.) If you want to do your searching before you head for the TV, however, or if you watch online content from your phone, tablet, or computer, that doesn’t help much. We’ve recently run across a truly useful streaming content indexing service, at http://www.justwatch.com.

This free service allows you to search across all major content services for any movie or TV show in which you’re interested. You’ll find out if it’s available for free on any service, and if not, how much it will cost to rent or buy the content. If you’re interested in watching content online, check out justwatch.com—it succeeds handily at its goal. On the other hand, perhaps we all watch too much content, and a little fresh air would be good. Take a walk. Just don’t watch an episode of “Game of Thrones” while you’re walking!

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