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      30.07.2010 02:22

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      Avoid!This site is full of spyware/malware and viruses now.I contracted a very aggressive virus from it today which stopped me from accessing my control panel/task manager or from restoring my pc to an earlier state.It also made security changes on my pc and launched fake virus scans trying to coax me to pay them to have their virus removed.This is not an isolated incident either , macaffee and other security sites have marked this site as unsafe and there are countless tales of users being infected.please avoid this site.

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      22.08.2009 20:04
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      A great website for viewing video content online.

      I came across this site whilst I was at university and I managed to successfully while away many hours as a result! I will give a brief rundown of what the site is about, in regards to the legal stuff, let me know your views.

      Basically, surfthechannel is a site which posts links to many different tv shows and films. The site itself does not host the video content (which is how they manage to stay legal), the links are usually to other video hosting sites such as youtube, tudou, megavideo etc where people have uploaded the movies/ tv shows. Most of the links are to videos which are free to watch, however some are to online stores such as itunes and amazon where the programme can be paid for and downloaded. Currently the site has over 2 million posted links so I think it is safe to say what you are looking for may well be in there! Examples of some programmes which are listed on the site as having links to episodes are: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, House, Lost, America's Next Top Model, American Idol etc.

      This site is a great way to keep up with your favourite American shows in particular, because you get to watch them on the American broadcast schedule rather then wait for them to eventually be aired in the UK.

      The main home page is a pretty simple layout. At the top are some tabs which help you navigate the site, such as home, channels, community, about us, FAQS. The colour theme is blue and white so you may find it a bit bland, but it serves it's purpose well and this site is really just a pitstop on the way to the final site where the video is hosted, so it doesn't really bother me. Below the tabs is a search bar where you can enter the name of the programme you are searching for and it will bring up a set of results which are categorised. For example if I search "House" it brings up the category tv shows, as well as films and movies, documentary etc. As I know that it is a tv show I click tv shows and a list appears of all the tv shows with the word house in them, as well as how many links are available for each programme. Simply click the name of the programme you want and scroll through until you find the episode, then find a link and voila.

      Also on the front page is an ad, the site has to make revenue somehow I suppose. Below the advert there is a list of the the most popular links clicked today, this can be useful as if you are going on to watch a tv show episode which aired the night before in the USA, chances are you won't need to bother searching as it will be in this list.

      As well as finding links on the site, there is also a community section with a forum (you need to be registered to use it) where you can discuss issues you are having with viewing videos on a certain website, or highlight an incorrectly filed episode. Sometimes the episode you click through to watch isn't the episode that is hosted on the video website, therefore the link has been posted incorrectly, although once highlighted on the forum someone will usually rectify this.

      Not all the sites which host videos are of equal quality so I will list my favourites and then you can choose them should there be a link. When I click to view an episode of House for example, I am told the episode is hosted on a few different websites. I prefer to use the megavideo links, because they have no subtitles etc, whereas sites such as tudou, sina and youku often have chinese subtitles over the video which can become irritating. Megavideo however has a 72 minute limit on usuage, once you have watched 72 mins of video content that day it will stop your video and tell you to wait for an house, alternatively you have to pay for unlimited access. Either wait for an hour and then it allows you to continue or use a different link to view the video on a different website.

      One big drawback to the site is that you will have an amazing amount of pop ups whilst using it! So I would advise installing a good pop up ad blocker in order to avoid this. Another drawback is that sometimes the links are dead and you need to be a registered user in order to report this.

      In regards to the legality of this website, in themselves they are not commiting a crime (as far as I am aware) as they are simply posting a database of links. I have been told it is not illegal to view the videos either, the fault and blame lies with the person who uploaded the video to the website in the first place as they are the ones who infringed copyright. However, if you want to be on the safe side then it might be best to stick to the paid video downloads. from itunes etc.

      Overall I will give this a 4/5 because it does give an amazing amount of links to lots of different shows and movies! However there will be some pop ups to contend with is why I have marked it down one mark.

      Hope you found this helpful.

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        16.07.2009 20:23
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        Very handy

        Surf the Channel is a website that offers you the chance to watch various television programmes and films for free.

        Rather than hosting the videos on the Surf the Channel website, they provide links to various other websites around the world. The videos are streamed, and all you have to do is wait for the video to buffer, and then watch to your heart's content.

        I use the website to watch most of my favourite US television shows, such as Grey's Anatomy, House and Brothers & Sisters. It allows me to keep up to date with the shows easily. Films are also available on the website, but obviously they are longer videos than the television shows and will take much longer to buffer.

        There are some drawbacks - not all of the links work all of the time, some bad links are not always removed. But ultimately, it's a very good website, and one of my most visited!

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        23.05.2009 10:54
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        One of the more reliable on-line streaming sites but still not perfect

        Surf The Channel is literally a godsend. It's possibly the best on-line site I have come across that streams movies and television shows for absolutely nothing. It does have its disadvantages like everything but I shall come to those later...

        I first came across Surf The Channel.com when I finally realised that you can watch TV shows and films on-line. After a quick Google search I came across the site and it has had a firm place in my bookmarks folder ever since.

        Surf The Channel has a very simple but effective layout, using colours of blue, grey and white for its homepage it does look a bit dull on first appearance especially as there are a lot of links scattered all over the place.

        The front page has a list of the various host sites that streams the various media on offer whilst there is also a list of the freshest links. These will often be the latest episodes of the biggest American shows around at the moment.

        By clicking on the tool bar at the top you can navigate your way through the site. There's an 'About Us' page which informs the user that the site was launched in October 2007 amongst other things as well as 'FAQ' and a community portion of the site that allows you to interact with other users.

        The main attraction is undoubtedly going to be the 'Channels' section. Here Surf The Channel has all of its films and shows stored by type ranging from Animals to Webcams and Vlogs. I find it particularly tiresome searching through the categories as a lot of shows are sometimes placed in more than one and as a result you may find yourself looking for it in one section only for it not to be there. I find that the quickest way to find something is to use the search facility at the top of each page.

        Surf The Channel has tonnes of movies on offer. Most of them are fairly recent with flicks that aren't even released on DVD yet being available for streaming as well as various classics. With TV shows, the site does seem to be more biased towards American programming though there are some good British shows on offer, though there's often missing episodes which makes it difficult to watch in sequence. Shockingly, there are scattered episodes of things like EastEnders and Coronation Street on there!

        The only issues I have with STC, is that like most of these on-line streaming sites, a lot of the links are either dead or broken or just won't load on your PC. Whilst this is the fault of the user that has uploaded them I still think that STC could at least patrol through their links every once and a while and remove those that are faulty. If you are legitimate citizen of course, you can always click on the 'buy from iTunes or Amazon' links that are available out of the list of server hosts for each episode or movie. You are more likely to have better luck with the links if you're watching a popular show like The Simpsons, Lost, Friends or Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The less well known shows or currently airing programmes are often advertised as having links on the show's main page but these have either been removed or are fake by the time you've wasted time trawling around to reach them.

        It's a very good idea and I'd rate STC above many other on-line streaming facilities that are out there on the web. However, you'll have more luck with some shows/movies than others so don't hold your hopes up! STC is far more accurate than its competitors even if it does have its pitfalls and it does have one of the largest selections I've come across on any site of this nature so I thoroughly recommend just having a peak as you never know what you may stumble across.

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          21.12.2008 18:00
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          Good choice of free films to watch!

          Surfthechannel.com is one of many websites which streams films and tv programmes from servers often based in places like China where laws are rather bendable. I prefer the streaming websites to downloading p2p or torrents on the internet which can often contain a completely different film or a dubbed film which is an irritant or in the worst case a virus which is more than irritating!

          As you don't download anything, the streaming websites do not effect your computer. About 2 years ago, there was a great choice of available stuff, in particular from the website Joox which was closed down and returned but never got back to it's former glory. Surfthechannel does not have any of it's own streams, it is instead a directory of programmes and films to watch, sorted in to various categories.

          There is a wide selection and when you search and find the title you require, you click through to the 3rd party site - all of which have been verified. Some of the websites are better than others, some seem to lead to dead ends but the majority of them work find - Megavideo was until recently one of the better ones but it has unfortunately decided to become a pay site and I have stopped using them because it is rare you will be able to complete the film without it interrupting it saying that your daily allowance of free minutes is up.

          I highly recommend tudou - it seems the one which loads the quickest and once you ignore the Chinese content on the site (unless of course you are fluent or indeed Chinese) and enlarge it to full-screen, you normally have yourself a fast loading, non interrupted, good quality film for free.

          Occasionally you can also findd films before they come out or at least very early but the authorities seem to be cutting down a little bit on this at the moment

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            29.08.2008 22:45
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            the best site of this kind i have found so far.

            www.surfthechannel.com is a website I have been using a lot lately to watch programmes and films online for free. The layout of the site is very easy to use and it has a wide range of different programmes and documentaries.

            The main headers are: Movies, TV programmes, Sports, Documentaries, Anime. Under each heading is a list of all there content displayed in alphabetical order? You can also search for a film by typing the name of it in the search box.

            Surfthechannel has a really large selection of material to watch and you can even find movies that have not even been released in the cinema yet on the site. So it is really up to date with new releases.

            The way the site works is it links you to other site that are the hosts of the content. Depending on which site you get redirected to will determine the speed of the buffering and the quality of the film, but most are good quality.

            The main problem is sometimes the host sites can remove there content without any warning. So the Surfthechannel will have the movie in the list but when you click it, it comes to a dead link.
            The other problem is sometimes the host site will have there icon on the bottom of the screen while you watch the movie, this is a little annoying.

            Even with these disadvantages its still a great site considering you can watch movies for free.

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