In another post Murfreesboro wrote:You all are making me wish I still had cable.
Murph, and anyone else who may be interested, most every station has their shows available on their website. With some it's only the most recent episode so you still have to set up some kind of schedule. It's a lot harder recording shows off the web DVR style than on cable TV, but it can be done. Easiest way to stream shows is signing up for services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime. You can also buy episodes from services like Amazon, iTunes, Youtube, ect. There are also ways to get content from the undernet but you can get in big trouble if you get caught. I don't recommend.
Here's a handy site that helps you find what's available, and where. This site still has lots of bugs, specifically the email notification doesn't seem to work, but it's handy for finding content. There are other sites like this so some experimentation may be in order.
The trick is watching these shows on your TV. Recent devices, like blu-ray players and TVs, have streaming apps built right in, or you can buy add-on devices like Roku or Apple TV. Roku is supposedly more compatible with older TVs. If you are buying a device specifically to stream shows to your TV it's a good idea to make sure it has a browser app. Makes it easier to watch videos only located on the broadcaster's website, or anything else that's not available on one of the built-in apps.
A very interesting device for streaming to TV called Chromecast is now available. Made by our Google overlords but it's only $35. It plugs into an HDMI port on your TV and streams content from the Chrome browser on your computer or tablet over a wifi network. It also has built in apps. There are rumors it will eventually support streaming media straight from your computer or tablet. Convenient for those like me who download a lot of content.
You can build your own media device and content listings but that takes someone who's pretty tech savvy. Lately, I just rather watch shows on my other screen while sitting at the computer or on my iPad while sitting outside. For those who have an iPad, the Photon browser allows you to view Flash content on it. A couple bucks but worth it.
Now... go find something to watch...