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3 Sites for Downloading TV Shows for Free

So now that you have taken my advice and given up your monthly cable bill and learned how to hook up your mac to your HDTV you are going to need get content to watch. Good thing there are many torrent sites out there that offer us the ability to download recently aired television almost immediately.

If you have a fast internet connection you can download episodes in under 10 minutes from some sites and others take about an hour. Downloading files beats the hell out of streaming any day of the week. You don’t need to worry about a bad connection interrupting your programming.

Anyways, without further ado, here are my top 3 sites for getting quality tv files to watch on my HDTV.

1. EZTV

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EZTV is a great website specifically designed for downloading television shows. The interface is easy to use and the torrents are laid out by their air date which makes it really nice to find the show you are looking for. If you are like me you think about television in terms of what night what show is on then EZTV is great.

EZTV seems to be made up of three different groups of uploaders going by the names EZTV, VTV, and MVGroup. These three uploaders all provide high quality content that download fast – especially VTV.

One thing that has been a problem with EZTV is that it can go down for extended periods of time. At the time of writing this article EZTV was down for the past several days. This has made it more necessary to look elsewhere for my TV show torrents.

PROS:

  • Easy to use interface
  • Logical search results and easy to find what you are looking for
  • Always high quality torrents
  • Usually really fast download speeds
  • Site is specifically devoted to Television Show Torrents

CONS:

  • Site can go down for extended periods of time
  • Choice of torrents is usually limited to one option from one uploader (not really a problem because the tv show torrents are always top quality

 

4. The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay - Torrent DownloadsThe Pirate Bay is structured in the same way as Mininova. If you can’t find what you are looking for on Mininova you may be able to find it at the Pirate Bay. On the reverse side, if you can’t find what you’re looking for at the Pirate Bay you may be able to find on Mininova.

The same sorting practices apply with The Pirate Bay and you should also read the comments. Comments can tell you a lot about whether or not a particular torrent file is worth downloading. The trick is to read through and know when someone is a newbie and complaining because they don’t know what they’re doing or if there is actually something wrong with the file.

You should look out for viruses if you’re using Windows. That’s why downloading torrents with a Mac is the better option.

PROS

  • Lots of choice of Torrents
  • More than just Television show torrents

CONS:

  • Need to know how to sort search results to get the best possible content
  • Advertising isn’t all that tasteful

 

5. Kick Ass Torrents

Kick Ass TorrentsKick Ass Torrents is structured in the same way as the Pirate Bay meaning you have access to wide range of torrent files. This can give you access to ebooks, movies, software, etc but the source and legitimacy of downloading these files is questionable. Because there are so many files, finding the TV Torrent file you are looking for can be a little more difficult.

The search feature is good and when you are looking for TV Show torrents you usually want to sort the list by the date that the file was uploaded starting with the most recent. Look down the list and look for a decent numbers of seeders then download the file accordingly.

The thing I like about Kick Ass Torrents is the nice design of the site. It uses nice colors and typography.

PROS

  • Lots of choice of Torrents
  • More than just Television show torrents
  • Nice clean design

CONS:

  • Need to know how to sort search results to get the best possible content

 

 

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Hopefully you have found this list useful. If your goal is solely Television shows then I would highly recommend EZTV. It doesn’t really matter where you look first, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, check the other one.

Last resort is always to Google the name of what you are looking for then add the term Torrent at the end. You should come up with a good list of questionable sites and will likely end up visiting one with pornographic advertising and a bunch of pop-up windows that you will have to race to close. Good times. Good Luck. Happy Hunting.

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2 Responses to “3 Sites for Downloading TV Shows for Free”

  1. Mac OS Xpress » My Dream Mac Computer Setup on September 5th, 2009 2:31 am

    [...] those of you familiar with this site you should know that the focus has largely been on obtaining and watching video content on a Mac. As I am not a cable subscriber, I use my Mac for almost all of my television and movie [...]

  2. paul (1 comments) on March 22nd, 2010 2:26 pm

    see i love hulu the best!
    .-= paul´s last blog ..Heavy Duty Vapor Floor Steam Cleaner =-.

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