Nowadays, it is possible to watch past episodes of TV shows online. Therefore, missing your favorite TV show (when it is being aired ‘live’) shouldn’t be cause for too much worry – as you may have the option of watching it later, online. On the other hand, if you watched a particular episode of a TV show, and got deeply fascinated by it, you have the option of ‘re-watching’ it later on as many times as you want.
Sometimes, one reflects on the pre-Internet era, and shudders at the thought of how folks managed to survive. In that era, if you missed your favorite TV show as it was being aired ‘live’, there would be no other way to watch it. That is unless the broadcaster running the show opted to run a ‘repeat’ of it. Sometimes you’d be forced to talk with other enthusiasts of the same show, to understand the episode you missed went…
Unbelievable as it may sound, there is a section of the society that is still unaware of the fact that it is possible to watch past episodes of TV shows online. We also have those who know (in theory) that it is possible for them to watch past episodes of TV shows online, but they don’t know exactly how to go about it. And it is with this in mind that we felt the need to come up with a brief exposition on how to go about watching past episodes of TV shows online.
What you need to have to watch past TV episodes online
To watch past TV episodes online, you need to have a device that has media player capabilities, and is capable of accessing the Internet. This could be your smart-phone, or specialized devices (for online TV access) such as the Roku Streaming device, the Apple TV device, the Google Chromecast device, the Amazon Fire streaming device… and so on. You could even be able to access past TV episodes online, through your TV set itself, if it happens to be to a smart-TV.
To watch past TV episodes online, you will also need to have a reasonably fast Internet connection. So a dial-up connection, at 256 kbps probably won’t do! You need broadband. And it has to be ideally the sort of Internet connection that allows, within a given minute, you to download more content than you can stream (within that minute). Otherwise if you have a device that is slower than that, you will keep on encountering ‘buffering’ pauses which can be very frustrating.
If the past episodes you will be trying to watch are of a ‘premium’ nature, you would need to have paid your subscription fees to watch them. And this means that you would need to have/to remember the username and password you need to access your subscription TV account online, after which you can proceed to watch the past episodes over the Internet. But that is of course only if the past episodes you are seeking to watch are on premium channels that charge subscription fees. For ‘free’ channels, you should (in most cases) be in a position to start streaming past episodes without paying any subscription fees.
The types of past TV episodes you can watch online
You can watch almost all types of past TV episodes online. Whether what you are looking for are past episodes of dramas, soap operas, ‘series’, movies… you should be able to watch them online. You can even watch past sports matches, and even past newscasts, online. Almost anything that you could have watched in real time, as it was being broadcast, can be watched later on certain platforms.
But there are some low value programs whose past episodes may prove impossible to find online. So although ‘all types’ of past TV episodes can be accessed online, it doesn’t mean that ‘each and every’ past TV show is accessible somewhere online, waiting to be watched. You are likely to realize that the more popular a TV show is, the easier it is for you to find its past episodes online.
Ways in which you can watch past TV episodes online
There are several ways in which you can go about watching the past episodes of TV shows online.
One way is by going to the website of the broadcaster who airs the TV show (that is, the show whose past episodes you are interested in). Once you get there, you should search for the past episodes and proceed to watch them at your convenience, by way of streaming.
Another approach is by launching the apps associated with the broadcasters who air the TV shows whose past episodes you are interested in. Then you can use the apps to search for the past episodes: after which you can proceed to watch them by streaming them through the said apps.
Yet another approach is where you would go to a third party website, such as YouTube, and search through it for past episodes of the TV shows you are interested in. Then you can proceed to stream the said shows through the platform — like in this case, YouTube.
Situations where you may feel the need to watch past TV episodes online
There are several situations where you may feel the need to watch past episodes of TV shows online.
The first situation is what we alluded to earlier, where having missed the TV shows when they were being aired ‘live’, you can opt to go online to watch them as ‘past episodes’.
Another situation is where you may have watched the TV episodes as they were being aired ‘live’, and got very highly impressed with them. So you decide to watch them again later – only that this time, you would have to watch them in the form of ‘past episodes’.
There is yet another situation where you may be seeking to study the TV episodes closely. That is like if you are a content creator, and you are trying to figure out how to come up with similar content. So you opt to watch the past episodes several times, as you try to figure out how you can come up with similar content.
Steps you need to follow, to watch past TV episodes online
There are two simple steps you need to follow, if you want to watch past episodes of TV shows online.
The first step is that of ‘searching’ for the past episodes. You may search for these past episodes on the broadcasters’ websites, on the broadcasters’ apps, on platforms such as YouTube and so on.
The second step is that of ‘streaming’ the past episodes of TV shows. Thus, once your search yields the desired results (in terms of the past episodes of TV shows you want to see), the next step is that of simply streaming them. You should be able to do this smoothly, as long as you have a reasonably speedy Internet connection.