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

You want more videos to watch? You got it!

Do you still find yourself flipping through the channels on TV these days? Or waiting to see what finally comes out on the movie channel? If so, maybe I can encourage you to step into the future of video consumption by cutting your cable cord so you can stop wasting time trying to find interesting things to watch that are only airing at the current moment.

It's time to get in on the video streaming trend. And you're never too old or too young to do it. 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. I've identified at least 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.

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By now, you've probably heard of Netflix. In fact, an increasing number of people are choosing subscription-based streaming services like Netflix to replace cable. If you're weary of it -- 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.

 Where to Watch: These 10 websites for free TV episodes and these popular subscription-based streaming services

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Web series.

A web series is like a TV show season but 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!

Where to Watch: YouTube, Vimeo, WebSeriesChannel.com

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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 usually Vevo via YouTube. Heads up: YouTube is actually planning to come out with a brand new music video subscription-based service in the future, meaning you'll be able to stream high-quality, ad-free music videos as often as you want.

Where to Watch: YouTube, Vevo and Vimeo

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Science and education videos.

You can learn more from watching videos on the Internet than you can in school. It's true! 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.

Where to Watch: These 10 popular YouTube science/education channels and TED Talks

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Social community videos / vlogs.

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. You don't have to be a professional -- although there are many who started out as amateurs and ended up taking their video hobbies to a professional level. 

Where to Watch: YouTube, VimeoInstagram, 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.

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 Meerkat, 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 and Meerkat

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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 six-second long video really can be!

Where to Watch: These 10 apps made for super short videos, Instagram, Snapchat