A TV Guide For IPTV: 100 of the Best Internet TV Channels

Updated: March 18, 2010

Did your TiVo accidentally erase Lost? Perhaps your favorite MLB team doesn't broadcast in your area. Maybe you're just plain sick of what's on TV. Not to worry; the Internet has a solution. Whether you want to cheer on your hometown sports team, catch up on news or check out what you've missed on Survivor, the right video is out there waiting for you. The key is finding it. In this article we cover 100 of the best TV channels the Internet has to offer.

SPORTS

1. College Sports TV (CSTV): View free expert analysis and commentary about college sports. For $14.95 per month, you can watch thousands of live games featuring more than 100 top schools playing over 30 different sports.
2. ESPN360: A free online component of the sports broadcasting titan that is ESPN. 360 gives you more camera angles and loads of stats and figures that go well beyond regular sports coverage.
3. The Golf Channel: With free registration to The Drive, you can access news, entertainment, features and instructional golf videos. An annual $29.95 premium subscription hooks golfers up with access to additional videos and other features, including: an official USGA Handicap Index, access to local Golf Channel Players Club and Game Tracker Pro.
4. Major League Baseball: For $14.95 per month or $89.95 per season, fans can watch all 30 teams slug it out from Opening Day to the World Series.
5. Major League Soccer: Score free video and audio news, features, commentary and highlights for this up and coming professional sports league.
6. National Basketball Association: NBA news, features, commentary and highlights are available free. To watch full games online, subscribe to NBA broadband through your television provider.
7. National Football League: The NFL Network offers game highlights, commentary, news and clips from original programming for free.
8. National Hockey League: Free clips and highlights are available. For $119, NHL Center Ice offers season-long full game coverage through the Stanley Cup finals.
9. Rugby Channel: If you think football is rough, check out the scrapes, cuts and gashes that result from this bloody, bone-crunching sport! Purchase a single match pass ($4.99), tournament pass ($19.99) or All Access Pass ($99.99).
10. Speed TV: Free video clips feature life in the fast lane with cars, trucks and motorcycles.
11. Tennis: Purchase a single tournament or an all access pass for the ATP and WTA.

NEWS

12. ABC: Offers full free video clips from ABC News shows including Primetime, Nightline, 20/20, This Week and more.
13. Al Jazeera: The world's newest 24-hour news channel has broadcasting centers in Doha, Kuala Lumpur, Washington, D.C. and London. Subscribe to a live feed for $5.95 per month.
14. BBC: Free news clips from stories around the world.
15. CBS: Check out free clips from CBS News shows like The Evening News, Couric and Co., 48 Hours, 60 Minutes and Face The Nation.
16. CNN: Cable News Network (CNN) offers free news clips. Choose from breaking news, world news, entertainment and more.
17. C-SPAN: Brush up on your politics: watch C-SPAN live or view archived video for free. Also great for insomnia.
18. Fox News: "They Report. You Decide." Browse for "fair and balanced" clips from Fox News for free.
19. Bing Video: Features free news clips from NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Newsweek.
20. The Associated Press: Free AP video from "the world's oldest and largest newsgathering organization." Video clips cover world news, politics, entertainment, business and more.
21. Reuters: Clips from Reuters cover top news, in-depth news, entertainment, business, technology, sports and the environment all for free

TELEVISION NETWORKS

22. ABC: Watch full episodes of popular ABC shows like Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives and more for free. Some have episodes from the entire current season to date.
23. BET: On Blast offers free music videos and clips from various BET shows.
24. CBS: Features include previews of upcoming shows and full episodes of top CBS shows like Survivor and CSI for free.
25. CMT Loaded: Loaded features videos, shows and clips from your favorite Country Music channel all for free.
26. Court TV: Clips of live trials, testimony, verdicts, and sentencing, are available from Court TV for free. For $5.95 per month, join Court TV Extra for "live video, highlights, evidence, documents and news stories." Court TV Extra currently offers a 30 day trial period.
27. The CW: Check out free previews and full episodes of shows featured on The CW (formerly The WB).
28. E! The Vine: Keep abreast of what's going on in the world of entertainment for free with E!.
29. Food Network: Learn how to make beautiful gourmet meals for free. Good luck making them look and taste as good as they do on TV.
30. Fox: Bid farewell to The OC, root for the bad guys on Prison Break or spend a day with Jack Bauer on 24 all for free.
31. HGTV: Check out dream homes, kitchens, bathrooms and more. Also offered are free useful tips for home improvement.
32. The History Channel: If you don't learn history, you will be doomed to repeat it. Search videos and speeches in the gallery and watch them for free.
33. Lifetime: Preview and go behind the scenes of Lifetime programming in the Lifetime Video Lounge for free. Video downloads of episodes and movies are available through iTunes.
34. MTV: Unlike the TV version, you'll find music videos here. And free at that.
35. NBC: Enjoy clips, previews, two-minute replays and free full episodes of popular NBC shows.
36. PBS: Register for free and receive a wealth of PBS programming.
37. SciFi: At The Pulse, you can watch free clips and full episodes of Sci-Fi shows.
38. SOAPnet: Clips, interviews and talk dedicated to Soaps. Free of charge.
39. TV Land: Watch free classic clips from the '50s to '70s, retromercials, theme songs and more.
40. VH1: Watch free music videos, highlights, extras and full episodes of original VH1 programming.

MOVIES

41. AFTV Indy Reels: America Free TV offers independent films for free.
42. AFTV Movie Classics: Free movie classics playing all the time.
43. AFTV DimensionB: SciFi and Horror: Get your fix for free classic Science Fiction and Horror films here.
44. Hollywood TV: On the red carpet in Hollywood and Bollywood.
45. Movie Classics.TV: Become a premier member ($9.95/month, $19.95/quarter, $36.95/six months, $47.95/annual) and get unlimited access to downloads from their classic movie library.
46. Retrovision: Choose from a list of classic movies and TV shows and watch them for free.
47. SciFi Drive In: Get your fill of science fiction at its best with movies like Killers From Space, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Snow Creature and other gems, all for free.
48. Student Films: Watch and review short student films from various film schools for free. You can also submit your own short film. Student Films will host your film for $10/year.
49. Turner Classic Movies: Watch clips, promos and interviews from Turner Classic Movies for free.
50. Underground Film: Dedicated to providing an audience for unknown filmmakers, and doing it free of charge.
51. White Springs TV: White Springs TV offers a streaming, commercial free video feed of films from the "Golden Age of Movies" for free viewing.

COMEDY

52. Adult Swim: Adult Swim, the Cartoon Network's "grown-up" humor department, has an off-the-wall lineup of original programming. Watch clips from your favorite shows for free.
53. AFTV Comedy: A streaming broadcast of classic television comedy for free.
54. Comedy Central Motherload: The best clips from Comedy Central's outrageous lineup including South Park, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, stand-up and more for free.
55. Comedy TV4U: Relive classic TV comedies like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith and The Three Stooges for free.
56. Current TV: Check out various clips and short features covering all aspects of life for free. Many clips are created by viewers.
57. Random Acts Productions: Random clips feature the sketch comedy style of Token White People available for free viewing.
58. Stupid Videos: If you're into Jackass or Max X then you'll love the home-video mishaps on Stupid Videos. Sign up as a premium member for $1.99 per month to download videos to your computer, iPod, mobile phone or PSP.
59. Very Funny Ads: A free collection of some of the funniest TV commercials from around the world, powered by TBS.
60. Your Comedy Stars: Features free clips, sketches and stand-up from amateur comedians.

TRAVEL

61. Globe Trekker Channel: Watch clips from exotic destinations around the world. Register for free to access the on-demand section.
62. Holiday TV: Features free clips and information about global destinations.
63. lastminute.com: These free clips will give you the urge to pack up your laptop and take a trip.
64. Travel Channel Beyond: Clips tease different Travel Channel shows.
65. TV SCUBA: If you're having trouble finding the time or money for that scuba trip, live vicariously through others by watching divers explore the deep for free. A quiet soundtrack makes this quite soothing.

JUST FOR KIDS

66. Cartoon Network: Check out scenes from kid favorites like Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Cartoon Network also offers free behind the scenes looks, music and podcasts.
67. Smile of a Child TV: Bright colors, puppets and funny noises will put a smile on any small child's face.
68. Turbo Nick: Kids can check out free clips and full episodes from the Nickelodeon shows they love.
69. Yahoo! Kids: Various free TV programming focuses on children.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

70. Discovery Health Beyond: Advice and free information from experts on all things health.
71. Lifestyle Network: Covers various news, events and activities that you can do in order to lead a more healthy lifestyle.
72. MyPath TV: Various subscription packages ($1.95/single day, $9.95/month, $25.35/3 months) will give you access to programming designed to enrich your mind, body and spirit.

FASHION

73. Dreamstage 7: Keep up with fashion trends from around the world. Some videos are free. Others require a membership, available for one month ($22.10), six months ($153), or one year ($204).
74. Fashion TV: For 10 Euros (around $14 U.S.) a month, you can get unlimited access to live feeds, videos and downloads exclusive to Fashion TV.
75. High Fashion 7: A fashion webcast offers free videos of models and fashion shows. Interviews with models and designers are also available.

RELIGION

76. Christian Television Network: The Christian Television Network streams wholesome family programming to your computer for free.
77. Church Pond: Free streaming ministries to help you grow in Christ.
78. Hope TV: View the Hope Channel in broadband live streaming or through archived programs.
79. Jewish Television Network: View, link and download content including comedy, cooking, news and interviews for free.
80. Secret Place Faith Vision Network: The secret is out as the Faith Vision Network broadcasts free ministries on the Internet.
81. Islam Channel: Download free videos of lectures, Quaran recitations, documentaries, movies and more.
82. The Harvest Show: A free daily, hour-long, faith-based talk show including international news and feature stories.
83. Trinity Broadcasting Network: Register your e-mail address to get free live streams of Christian ministries.

MISCELLANEOUS

84. Access Hollywood: Interviews, clips and the inside scoop on Hollywood.
85. Answers TV: Answers TV offers free video clips to answer just about any question you might have. Channels include food, technology, health and wine.
86. AOL In2TV: View full free episodes of past TV shows like Growing Pains, Smurfs and Eight is Enough, courtesy of AOL.
87. Brilliant But Cancelled: This site is dedicated to all of those great TV shows that just didn't make it.
88. Bud.TV: Sign up for free original programming from the king of beers. (Must be 21)
89. G4TV: A variety of free shows focus on gaming, entertainment and the Internet. These include: Around The Net, The Loop and The Daily Feed.
90. Gold Rush: AOL's online reality show in which participants compete for $2 million in gold.
91. IFILM: Movie trailers, clips, viral videos, video blogs, user videos and much, much more.
92. Pseudo: Pseudo offers free quick access to popular music videos.
93. Ripe TV: Featuring scantily clad women, a combat channel, and raunchy animation, Ripe TV caters to men.
94. Simply Entertainment: Simply Entertainment offers free movie previews and film reviews.
95. Small Business TV: Programs and free information to help small business owners and entrepreneurs.
96. Taste TV: Yum! Tempt your taste buds with food news, free restaurant reviews and clips that talk about everything from appetizers to dessert.
97. TV Guide: Go behind the scenes of popular shows, keep up with the stars and find out what you should watch tonight.
98. The-N: Programming catered to tweens. Watch full episodes and webisodes for free!
99. Turtle TV: Weird but funny free short videos starring a turtle.
100. YouTube: What would internet video be without YouTube? Find clips featuring just about anything you can think of and post your own.