How to Download TV Shows For Free



The Writers Strike isn’t showing any signs of ending, so now is a great time to catch up with some tv series that you may have missed. There’s a lot of tv shows that you can download for free. The trick is finding a great service that has every show that you are looking for.

There’s a variety of options available for downloading media. You can sign up with iTunes and download one episode at a time, paying usually about $1.99 for each download. Occasionally they have some shows that you can get for free and usually it will be the pilot episode of a series so you can check it out and see if it is a series you might be interested in watching. Then you can sign up for a subscription and new episodes will download automatically each time you fire up iTunes. They then can be transferred to your iPod or can just watch them on your computer.

Another alternative is Amazon’s UnBox service which works very similar to iTunes with pretty much the same pricing structure. You can pick and choose episodes to download if you are only looking for one or two shows that you missed. You can also usually download an entire season of a show. Amazon features movie downloads as well and one of the cool options with UnBox is that you can “rent” a movie to download. It sort of works like Pay Per View in that you will have a 24 hour viewing window to watch the movie and then after that it is locked out. Also, you can have Amazon Unbox items transferred to your TiVo and watch them on your tv.

For another option, there is Fast TV Downloads. Instead of paying per episode, you pay a single membership fee and download as many shows as you like. This works out better if there are a lot of shows you want to catch up with, where iTunes and Amazon work best if there’s only a few episodes or shows that you missed. Also, with Fast TV Downloads you can burn the shows to DVD and play them in your normal DVD player. But you won’t be able to transfer them to your TiVo. To transfer them to your iPod, would generally mean you’d need to convert the file to a different format, but it can be done. It just involves a couple of steps.

And finally, if you just don’t want to take the time to download your tv shows, then you can watch them for free online at most of the network tv websites. At this point, nearly all of the broadcast companies run their shows online after they air, but you’ll have to catch them quick because they usually only keep a few episodes online at any one time.


24′s Long Break


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24 is officially taking time off. Fox confirmed what everyone was thinking. And won’t be back for almost one year. Time is of the essence and Jack bauer knows that more anybody does. The seventh season of the show was slotted to begin last January of this year and continually run without a break, unfortunately in November 2007, the writers strike complicated things and forced Fox to further postpone the season’s premiere at an unspecified time. Ultimately, Fox decided not to continue the season and instead re schedule it for January 2009. The crew has shot around 8 episodes for the season. But it was a move by Fox to ensure the famous series runs uninterrupted hopefully by next year.

Clones

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The phenomenon that is 24 paved way for it to market the other form of communications there is. It extended into the world of mobile devices and of course, the world wide web. Capitalists of course will not be contented with these limited kind of exposure, they maximized profit over the series by venturing in video games, board games, collectible toys as well as MP3 files all at the reach of the mouse clicker. Several behind the scenes book were also issued in support of the series propaganda as well as an upcoming movie.


The prequel’s coming!!


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Season 7 was aired this year January 13, 2008, but it was postponed until next year January. That is why some of the loyal fans are really looking forward for the coming year. Of course, we will all be looking forward for Cherry Bones / Powers Boothe showdown in this season, right? Anyways, Jon Voight and Robert Carlyle will also be there, and obviously Kiefer Sutherland, the one who is playing as Jack Bauer. During the last season, the script and the story are not really satisfying, that is why the hardworking producers and imaginative script writers polished this seasonâ?™s scripts to become more appealing. That is why Season 7 was postponed. Unfortunately, so is Season 8, because season 7 will use the whole year after this onwards. Season 8 will probably be aired on 2010 hopefully. As an additional information to you guys, Fox.com gives the profiles of the characters a few weeks before a season begins. You might want to check it out.

Exclusive Interview – Roger Cross, Former Star of 24



Curtis Manning of CTU was one hell of a patriot, but that ended up being his downfall. Curtis was a loyal member of CTU and a loyal friend of Jack Bauer, but it was his friend Jack Bauer who had to murder him for the greater good earlier in this season. This was an unfortunate blow for 24 fans who had come to love Curtis Manning as a character, and also was a blow to the actor who played Curtis Manning, Roger Cross.

Roger Cross sat down for an exclusive interview with Roger Cross recently, and Mr. Cross seems like an all-around genial fellow. He started his career in life as a commercial pilot, but ended up in Hollywood as a stunt man. Born in Jamaica, Cross spent his first 11 years of life there before emigrating to North America for good with his parents. It became clear to him that his path was going to end up in the acting realm and so he pursued it fully.

He got his role on 24 and, although it was originally slated to only be a 6 episode arc for the Curtis character, the show ended up keeping him for full two seasons and the beginning of this last one. His death had nothing to do with how the show felt about him, but just was meant to give Jack Bauer more torment, as if he needed any more. Roger Cross will continue to act in Hollywood, although he doesn’t know where he’ll end up next. Wherever it is, we’ll be watching.

Back to work

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24, the hit thriller-drama series resumed its shoot last January for the seventh season all without a break or stop. This is a testament that they are indeed making up for lost time seeing as how the last November strike has caused major problems for the show. The strike forced Fox Network to delay the season probably until early 2009. Fox has tagged 2008 as a major defeat for the show and they are hopeful that come 2009, things will relatively get better. Meanwhile, eight episodes for the upcoming season was already filmed, this includes action scenes from Washington DC instead of the original Los Angeles plan.

The Best TV Download Sites



You see them all the time; advertisements and spam saying they’re the best TV download site. Let’s take a look at a few of your options for downloading your favorite TV shows. In no particular order, I’ve reviewed some top TV download sites for you. All prices mentioned in this review are United States Dollars (USD) and subject to change without notice.

iTunes

At iTunes you can download TV shows, music, movies and more. They offer music and TV downloads for as little as $.99 per download, a quick and simple registration process as well as a money back guarantee. They offer 24/7 customer service.

Amazon

Amazon offers their unbox collection of movie and TV downloads Amazon’s prices vary from just under one dollar to about $20 per use. They, too, have a quick and simple registration process, money back guarantee and 24/7 customer support.

Elite TV Downloads

Very quick and simple registration with monthly fees as low as $1.37 per month or a one-time fee of under $35; additional one time fee for downloading movies. You get instant access to millions of downloads, no download limit, free desktop MP3, TV show and movie player. On top of that, they offer 24/7 customer support and an eight week satisfaction guarantee.

Fast TV Downloads

Quick and easy registration process, instant access and a bundle of free software. One-time fee or monthly plans available for less than $2.00. No download limit.

As you can see by the four TV download sites I’ve reviewed for you, the best sites to download TV shows will offer a money back guarantee. They will also offer 24/7 technical support. Most will even offer a great one-time fee for unlimited downloads.

Be sure to do your own research to find the best place for you to download TV shows. What works for someone else may not necessarily be the one that works best for your TV download needs.

Download TV Shows vs. Cable or Satellite

The cost comparison is probably one of the biggest reasons people like to download TV shows. Some cable and satellite TV providers offer packages as low as $30 per month. Some of the best sites to download TV shows, episodes or even movies start at under a dollar per episode. If you don’t watch a lot of TV, this could be a great plan for you. Most also offer a lifetime of TV downloads for about the same price as your monthly cable or satellite bill.

When you watch something on cable or satellite, you can record it and watch it as often as you like. When you download TV shows or movies to your home computer, you can burn them to a cd or DVD and watch them for years to come. You also have the freedom to put them on your handheld for portable TV where ever you go.

There you have it: a brief overview of a few of the best sites to download TV shows and a simple, yet effective, cost comparison. This should help you in your quest to find the best download site for your favorite TV shows, episodes, movies and music.

The Awful Truth About Television: TV Watching Can Become An Addiction



Push a button to feel relaxed

When you turn on the TV, you become relaxed almost instantaneously. The quickness of the relaxation can condition you to associate TV with relaxation. As long as you are watching TV, you will stay relaxed.

Scientific American researchers, Kubey and Csikszentmihalyi, also found that this feeling of relaxation ends as soon as the TV is turned OFF, reinforcing the TV=relaxation association. They compare it to a drug in terms of its relaxation effect.

TV is like a tranquilizing drug

With drugs, the faster a drug leaves the body, the more addictive it is. “A tranquilizer that leaves the body rapidly is much more likely to cause dependence than one that leaves the body slowly, precisely because the user is more aware that the drug’s effects are wearing off.” Similarly, if viewers sense that they will feel less relaxed if they turn off the TV, they may be more likely to leave it on. This can grow into a dependency over time, as viewers increasingly turn to the television screen in order to relax.

Side effects of TV

TV puts your brain into a passive, suggestible, alpha brain wave state. The left side of the brain largely shuts down and critical thinking diminishes. Viewers feel drained and have difficulty focusing. These side effects continue after the viewer turns the TV off.

Therefore, when you click the ON button on your TV, you may soon feel relaxed, but you will also feel the side effects of passivity, suggestibility, and difficulty concentrating. When you turn off the TV you will stop feeling pleasantly relaxed, and you will still experience the negative side effects. This is a formula for an addiction.

TV withdrawal symptoms

Another sign that TV is addictive is that people often feel withdrawal symptoms when they try to go for long periods without watching TV. Many viewers may feel anxious for a time as they try to adjust to living without TV’s relaxing effects.

According to Charles Winick, who analyzed numerous studies of people trying to give up TV, “The first three or four days for most persons were the worst, even in many homes where viewing was minimal and where there were other ongoing activities. In over half of all the households, during these first few days of loss, the regular routines were disrupted, family members had difficulties in dealing with the newly available time, anxiety and aggressions were expressed…. People living alone tended to be bored and irritated.”

Are you addicted to TV?

An addiction can make it difficult to control TV watching. Naturally, some people are more susceptible to the addictive effects of TV than others are. Are you addicted to TV? Can you and your family turn off the TV for three days and leave it off? Try it and find out.

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Eighth season confirmed

That’s at least what Kiefer Sutherland says, when asked about the future of the hit action series. Fox has no official announcement yet, but you can expect some official news soon, now that the lead actor has broken the ice.

Kiefer has been successful in his portrayal of the grim and dedicated agent Jack Bauer and was awarded with the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award in 2006 at the Emmys.

In tandem with the news that 24 producer and director John Cassar will be leaving the show after he and FOX executives did not agree on the terms of a new contract for the upcoming season, we do not know how to take the news. We can only hope that 24 will continue to deliver fast paced intelligent drama and action in the coming 8th season.

For the die-hard 24 fan

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Craving to fill your house up with images of 24? Well you better check out this website! In this site there are plenty of items to please the die-hard 24 fan. A nice box of DVDs where all 5 seasons can be watched. Awesome stores which sell items like t-shirts, cups and everything else 24. Books and magazines to read, collect and display. There are also plenty of roaring games to play with your family and friends. And…you wouldn’t believe this: there’s even an auction where you could buy actual wardrobe and props used on the show! As of now there are discounts on some of the items so you better take a look into them. Hurry! Time is running out!