8 Types of Popular Video Content to Watch Online (And Where)

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Do you still find yourself flipping through the channels on cable TV these days? Or waiting to see what finally comes out on the movie channel?

If you do, it's time to get in on the video streaming trend by exploring some of the most popular video watching sites and apps available. There's a much richer selection of high-quality video content out there than ever imaginable, and the best part? It's all on-demand when you want to watch it!

This list can help get you started with eight general types of video styles that people tend to enjoy watching. Take a look at the sources below to find out how you can watch them, and then you can drill them down even further by genre or topic.

The possibilities really are endless!

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TV Shows and Movies

There are both free and paid options for watching TV shows and movies online.

You've probably heard of Netflix. An increasing number of people are choosing subscription-based streaming services like Netflix to replace cable, and it makes sense — the selection is great, there are no commercials, you can watch what you want when you want and you can streamline everything through your account on multiple devices.

If you're weary of paid subscription streaming services like Netflix, don't fret. There are lots of great sites and apps you can use to watch TV and movies without paying a dime. All you need is an internet connection (and good bandwidth) to pick something you like and start watching.

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Web Series

A web series is just like a TV show season, but it's designed to be watched on the web. It's not just a single video with a beginning and an end — it's a story that's told through several videos.

Those videos may be short, or they may be long. You can find all sorts of web series produced by members of professional content networks and by people who are just doing their own thing. That's the beauty of the internet!

Many paid streaming services even have their own web series. For instance, Netflix Originals are series that have been created exclusively for Netflix.

Where to Watch: YouTube, Vimeo, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

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Music Videos

When artists and bands come out with new music videos these days, they usually point their fans in the direction of where it will show up online. For the big ones, it's often via YouTube.

YouTube's Vevo has long been the web's main music video destination, but now you can also enjoy your favourite songs and corresponding music videos from YouTube's very own music streaming service, YouTube Music.

If you use Spotify, you can watch videos for some songs by hovering over the cover art and seeing if a play button appears, which you can click on to start watching directly in Spotify.

Where to Watch: YouTube, Vevo, Vimeo, Spotify, etc.

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Science and Education Videos

You can probably learn more from watching videos on the internet than you can in school. That's not to say that you should quit school if you're currently a student, but the internet is really one of the best places to turn to if you want to educate yourself on a particular topic — you just have to know where to look and be mindful of the sources you're getting your information from.

YouTube in particular has an astounding number of science and education channels that are run by regular people who are just really interested in the topics, have done the readings or studying and are happy to share their knowledge with the world.

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Social Community Videos, Vlogs and Stories

Interested in just watching random home videos from regular people for a change? YouTube made vlogging a popular trend years ago, and now you can find this type of content on all sorts of different platforms.

The rise of the casually shot, 24-hour story has also taken video consumption to a whole new level. Snapchat was the first to do it, but now you can also post and watch stories on Instagram and Facebook too.

Where to Watch: YouTube, Vimeo, SnapchatInstagram, Facebook, Tumblr

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Independent Artists' and Filmmakers' Videos

Indie videos can encompass virtually anything — music, short or long films, animation, documentaries, time lapses and even web series. In fact, if you spend some time digging around, some of the best content you'll probably find will come from indie artists.

While YouTube certainly is the Big Kahuna in terms of online video, Vimeo would be an excellent place to look for more artsy, creative content. Instagram is another one, although videos have to be short since they can only be 60 seconds each.

Where to Watch: YouTube and Vimeo

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Live Streamed Events

Live streaming is really catching on a lot more as a form of entertainment these days. You can tune in to watch a live event or to interact with certain influential people who decide to broadcast themselves. Now with apps like Periscope and built-in live video features on Facebook and Instagram, the trend has gone mobile too.

Alternatively, you can set a broadcast up yourself to be streamed and viewed by your own fans or followers!

Where to Watch: These 10 live streaming sites, Periscope

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Short Videos Made for Mobile

Watching video on a smartphone or tablet is a lot different than watching it on a computer or TV screen.

Chances are you don't want to watch a super long video if you're on a mobile device. That's where social video apps like Instagram come in. It's like YouTube, but videos are only a few seconds long.

You might be surprised just how entertaining a ten-second long video really can be!