Over the last few years online video sites led by Youtube have turned into the biggest websites on the internet. Every day millions of new videos are uploaded featuring content on more topics than you can imagine, from Techno Viking to free piano lessons. The combination of a library of millions of clips and instant-on playback make streaming video a perfect compliment to the internet and as such, it’s playing a bigger role in society – from U2’s free and live-broadcasted Youtube concert to the most recent Presidential debates.
Fortunately there’s a way around this and you can learn more by reading our article. Unfortunately the staggering wealth of information on Youtube is inaccessible to virtually all of China.
Like Tudou, Youku (“Excellent and cool”) has no limit on the length of uploaded videos and turns a blind eye toward copyright infringement. And also like Tudou, it streams million of files a day and is popular among foreigners due of its comprehensive collection of American TV shows. Actually, there isn’t a lot to separate Tudou and Youku aside from the HD option since they largely share the same content. Registered users can upload as many videos as they want of any length.
Hulu is the first legal streaming site to feature full TV shows directly from NBC, Fox, ABC, and others. All of the most popular shows are here and it all streams instantly with two caveats: Hulu doesn’t allow streaming overseas due to licensing issues and will report an error when you try to stream content from from outside of the United States. You can bypass this restriction by accessing Hulu through Hotspot Shield Freedur.
There’s 56.com, Ouou.com, and a string of other followers which mostly offer a slightly different way to access the same content, so Tudou and Youku will probably have what you’re looking for whether it’s Chinese programming or high profile shows from the US & UK.
In addition to these sites there’s also software like PPStream which streams content straight to its dedicated media player which you can download to your Windows PC. Western programming requires paying a membership fee (thanks Callum).
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