TECHGEEK.com.au guide to watching TV online (again)

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It’s been so long since our look at watching full episodes on the internet, and times have changed. New services have appeared, and the popular Daily Show removed access to Australian users. Have no fear, we have another guide to have a look at where you can watch them.

Now, we have added 3 more entries, along with the three remaining from our previous list, but now this time, we record the improvements with pictures and stuff.

Now sit back and enjoy.

Yahoo7

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Yes, the unusable Yahoo7 TV website has gotten an improvement and is now offering full episode video for only two shows: Heroes and 30 Rock. Yes, out of all the programs – including its own, they chose Heroes and 30 Rock to be allowed to be fully streamed online. Full episodes last only for a week, except for 30 Rock for some reason as the video is on a playlist and the previous episode before it is also played.

The quality could be higher, or get a dedicated website for full episodes, but I think it’s to compensate for the quality of the internet here in Australia.

ABC iView

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ABC iView has gotten an improved interface from the last time we saw it – and its now more usable than before. There are currently eight channels, ranging from Arts to News and children programming, including archives – and a new Australia Network channel, allowing those who live in Australia to learn English to do so. Programming expires on different times, like CatchUp will last for 14 days, while Arts programming last for about 14 days to 30 days, depending on the program.

However, unlike Yahoo7’s own deal – it has almost all of its programming in primetime in ABC iView, including The Bill, Moving Wallpaper, Peep Show and Echo Beach; and its own programming from The Gruen Transfer, Lateline and Q&A – even though they can be viewed in its entirety via other methods as well.

SBS

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SBS still offers Full Episode watching via its player that is in another window, however, many of these programs now have their own mini-site, like Mad Men, so you can watch the programs without opening another window. These programs are to be watched with 7 days after transmission, before they are taken down and replaced with another episode.

Its selection of video is limited, and only expand to new shows recently added to its Primetime, with the exclusion of World News Australia, foreign films and shows and most local programming. Current programming includes Mad Men, Eurovision 2009, Dave in the Life and Shameless. This is expected to increase during the year, and with the launch of SBS Two.

Channel Ten

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Channel Ten is again still offering full episode of its shows, but most of them are their locally produced programming – with the exception of the Bold and the Beautiful, as it is the most popular soap that is broadcasted on Channel Ten. Most of its programming is now spilt up in several parts, which is an annoyance, but its for the purposes of adding advertisements between parts – as it was previously ad-free.

Most of the programming shown is there has an unspecified timeframe to expire, some even stay there until its deemed to be removed, which could take months after being broadcast initially. Sadly, its new channel ONE does not have its original programming released as “full episodes” but as clips. Their player is also on the borderline ugly, with the yellow.

YouTube

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Yes, the most popular video sharing website is now offering full video episodes from many different sources – in a way to compete with US rival Hulu, with shows from NBC Universal and Fox’s television channels. YouTube’s offering uses the popular and usable player, and most episodes are up for the entire life of the show – including the show above from US network Current TV, and yes, this can be watched from Australia.

In fact, some of the shows are available to everyone, with selected shows only limited to the US or the region locale, like you will not see BBC Worldwide programming in the UK, since you go the freaking iPlayer. Just also note that the programs are shown, by default, in High Quality mode – so switch that off before playing the video.

C31 Melbourne

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The most unlikely candidate, but it is still a channel in Australia – just not yet on the digital platform, or on cable. Channel 31’s interface is actually the main website, so there is no difference, and their delivery system is top notch, able to roll advertisements before the episode begins. Episodes tend to be based on the latest 5 episodes, and most of its local programming is featured.

Unfortunately, because it is a community broadcaster, the videos are purposely re-encoded to a lower bitrate and quality as its bandwidth most likely can’t handle the pressure of having such high quality material.