Watch Web TV Anywhere (Part 3)

10/4/2013 6:18:14 PM

Find Brilliant free films and programs

Uncover archive TV footage

British Pathé ( is an archive of news and entertainment programs. The site is a treasure trove of fantastic clips and full-length TV shows from times gone by. Browse by Program ( Archives or Categories or search by subject for anything from fly-fishing to the FA Cup.

Search documentaries with British Pathé

Search documentaries with British Pathé

At you’ll find more than 400 videos, plus TV and film extracts spanning more than 100 years. The British Film Institute’s YouTube channel also offers links to topics such as London on Film through the ages ( The BFI’s own website spotlights particular directors, such as David Lean and Charlie Chaplin ( Internet Archive ( hosts many free films, including The 39 Steps, Orson Welles in the “The Stranger”, Lon Chaney in the 1925 silent film version of The Phantom of the Opera and Vincent Price in cult classic The Last Man on Earth. The site is made easier to navigate by fan lists such as ‘40 great films on Internet Archive’, (www.snipea.eom/9093). Internet Archive posts regular updates at

The BBC also maintains a program archive at

Explore independent cinema

Independent film is well-represented online. Indie Movies Online ( has a whole section dedicated to free films covering independent cinema classics and the best of international cinema.

YouTube hosts free films of variable merit at The intriguing Life in a Day (, compiled from 80,000 clips from YouTube members, is well worth a watch. Search YouTube by category ( you can unearth some quality programs and films. Sections for comedy, animation, music, science and technology form a stellar line-up of original content. Create a Google or YouTube account and subscribe to channels to get updates about new programs.

The BFI’s website highlights the work of movie legends such as Charlie Chaplin

The BFI’s website highlights the work of movie legends such as Charlie Chaplin

Viso Cinema ( lists films available on YouTube by genre while at SnagFilms ( you can watch dozens of free independent productions.

Fans of Animation and stop-motion film may prefer Vimeo ( where you can watch users’ own creations for free. Documentary makers often post their videos on Vimeo. Members can promote particularly well-crafted programs by clicking the heart icon to ‘like’ them. This helps compensate for the number of marketing videos on the site. Unfortunately, films that include nudity are popular with members. There’s also beautiful cinematography on Vimeo such as Searching for the Yeti (

Learn from an expert

There are lots of educational programs at TED ( The site features more than 1,500 video presentations by the biggest names in business, entertainment and academia. Try the playlist of recommended talks at or enjoy Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ favorite videos ( You can search for TED talks by topic, keyword and much more.

Watch classic conceit footage

Music fans should head to Concert Vault ( This fantastic site contains hundreds of concerts from the 1970s onwards (some are audio-only). A $6 per month subscription provides unlimited viewing and two-concert downloads per week.

Use TV subscription services for free

The big-name film rental companies LoveFilm and Netflix work on a monthly subscription basis. But you can watch many programs and films for free as long as you’re happy to do so via the web version of these sites. Vimeo offers on-demand documentary downloads, but also has plenty of free videos to watch.

If you have a Tesco Clubcard you can watch of selection of TV programs and films for free. Enter your Clubcard number and sign up for an account at So far you can only watch shows on your computer, but smartphone and tablet apps are promised. You could, however, use an HDMI cable to connect your laptop to your TV.



Blinkbox ( is Tesco’s on-demand film and TV rentals service. It’s priced per-show, so you can pay to watch without being tied in to a contract. There are weekly 99p deals on new releases and a 99p downloads section at

There’s an incredible amount of quality TV programming and films for you to watch online and on portable devices. While territorial restrictions exist, it’s really not difficult to circumvent them. And with all the options we’ve given you for tuning in for free, you probably won’t need anything more than a 2Mbps broadband connection to tune in.

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