With the wealth of good-quality, free video content available on the web, the only difficulty is deciding what to watch and where. PC Advisor readers recommend the finest online clip joints for music videos, TV episodes, films, humour, gaming, nature and more.

Joost

Recommended by: paulgodd

This online TV service offers everything from Bruce Springsteen to Bruce Lee. There are music videos, television episodes (such as Derren Brown, 'Shameless' and PCA favourite 'Peep Show') and film content – often entire movies are available.

It’s ad-supported, so you’ll have to put up with occasional compulsory interjections, along with pop-ups and YouTube-esque overlay adverts. But then, that’s the price you pay for free, legal video content.

joost

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National Geographic

Recommended by: mrwoowoo

"I'd recommend the video section on National Geographic's website," writes mrwoowoo. "The nature, science and space videos are amazingly informative, and you always seem to learn something new.

"The other video categories include kids, environment, music, specials, daily news, travel and culture. There really is something for everyone."

National Geographic Video

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With the wealth of good-quality, free video content available on the web, the only difficulty is deciding what to watch and where. PC Advisor readers recommend the finest online clip joints for music videos, TV episodes, films, humour, gaming, nature and more.

BBC iPlayer

Recommended by: Thomas Jenkins

You can easily watch the BBC shows you missed or simply want to enjoy again, thanks to this massively popular and well-designed service.

With a huge array of recent TV and radio programming available for free streaming, plus the option to set parental controls, this remains the original and best TV catchup service on the web.

BBC iPlayer

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Xfire Video

Recommended by: wolfie3000

The gaming site Xfire hosts videos in which gamers show off their most accomplished, fortuitous and photogenic virtual moments.

"You don’t just get to see what future games are going to be released," writes wolfie3000. "More importantly, you get to see how titles actually play from the gamer's viewpoint, rather than a promotional video made by the creators. Plus you get to see some awesome playing skills in action."

You can also rate clips as Cool or Lame – you’d expect nothing less in the Web 2.0 era.

Xfire Video

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With the wealth of good-quality, free video content available on the web, the only difficulty is deciding what to watch and where. PC Advisor readers recommend the finest online clip joints for music videos, TV episodes, films, humour, gaming, nature and more.

Onion News Network

Recommended by: tonym1978

Web-humour giant The Onion now produces a steady stream of video content. "The Onion's brand of satire, whimsy and deadpan profanity is greately enhanced when delivered by straight-faced news presenters," notes tonym1978.

Recent highlights include Kim Jong-Il’s plan to tow the moon to North Korea and the fictional MacBook Wheel (pictured).

Onion News Network

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TV.com

Recommended by: MAT

A hefty buzz is starting to surround US television network CBS’s TV.com, which swallowed up the cult listings site TVTome.com in 2005 and seems likely to be the focus of its digital content in the near future.

Details are scarce, but it’s rumoured that visitors will soon be allowed to stream full episodes of shows such as 'Lost', 'Family Guy' and the guilty pleasure 'How I Met Your Mother', along with some HD content. For the moment, however, video is largely limited to brief clips, promotional interviews and adverts.

"TV.com is going to be huge in 2009," writes MAT. "Watch this space."

TV.com

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With the wealth of good-quality, free video content available on the web, the only difficulty is deciding what to watch and where. PC Advisor readers recommend the finest online clip joints for music videos, TV episodes, films, humour, gaming, nature and more.

Blinkx

Recommended by: rawprawn

This simple-to-use video search service, which checks a wide range of sites for clips that match your keywords, has numerous clever features.

The thumbnails in the search list are animated, for one thing, allowing you to spot the one you want more easily. The site automatically plays larger previews from each video in turn, and you can create playlists of favourites.

Blinkx

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PC Advisor TV

Recommended by: D. Ghualaniver

If you’ll forgive a little self-publicity for a moment... PC Advisor’s new TV section has clips covering all aspects of technology, from video reviews and tutorials to products and news round-ups.

We even welcome reader contributions – so give it a try if you fancy sharing your views on the latest IT products, or just want your 15 minutes of fame.

PC Advisor TV

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With the wealth of good-quality, free video content available on the web, the only difficulty is deciding what to watch and where. PC Advisor readers recommend the finest online clip joints for music videos, TV episodes, films, humour, gaming, nature and more.

How Stuff Works

Recommended by: David A

Covering everything from PC security to professional wrestling, How Stuff Works attempts to demystify the mechanics of everyday (and not so everyday) life with simple video explanations.

PCA readers may find the high-tech and gadget-related material most useful, but those who wish to meet a real-life vampire or read about bioluminescence are catered for too.

How Stuff Works

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YouTube

Recommended by: Si_L

We could hardly complete this rundown without mentioning the giant of web video.

What’s YouTube’s secret? Well, its user base and clip collection are both immense, and it has the kind of brand recognition that makes it the first port of call for anyone searching for a sporting blooper, music video or humorous clip. And the comments sections are inexplicably popular, despite their notorious tendency to descend into juvenile abuse.

The site has become stricter about enforcing copyright since Google’s take-over - a sensible move, but one that makes certain content harder to find.

YouTube

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