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.


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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.

If you want to start watching some of your favorite shows or catch up with shows that you missed, check out how to download tv shows for free with Fast TV Downloads and burn them on to DVD, or learn how Amazon Unbox Works.