The problem with torrents is first finding the show you want, and then download the torrent file. From there you need to use a bittorrent program to download the actual video file. Depending on the about of “seeds” which are computers on the internet with the file you want available and the speed of your connection, the time it takes to download can at times be days. These files can take up a large portion of your hard drive.
Many of the U.S. TV networks have their shows available to watch over the internet on your computer, but they are only available if you are in the U.S. This is because TV networks make their income from the paid advertisers and most advertisers are U.S. based.
Besides going to the networks sites, there are sites like Hulu.com who provide an extensive list of shows and links to the streaming site. Hulu and the others have Sniffer programs to see where the viewer is located and if not in the U.S., they will block you from watching with a nice message that the shows can only be viewed in the U.S.
The other day my brother in the States sent me a link for a new site, TVGorge.com. This site has an extensive list of TV shows with all the past episodes. When you find the show you want, just click on it and it will open a video window where you can just sit and enjoy. If your speed is a little slow, what I do is pause the playing until the download bar increases so you will not have to wait for the download to continue.
I know, some of you will say, downloading torrents lets you watch even with no internet access and if you have the download, with some software you can burn it to a disc and watch it on your TV. This is true. For me, since I do not have a HiDef TV, my computer monitor has a higher resolution than my TV sets.
Another option to hide from the Sniffers that you are in the Philippines is using a Proxy Server. That is a site where you connect to there site and from there to the internet. This server will hide your IP address so the sniffers do not know where your located. Unfortunately this is slow unless you have a paid proxy server and not a free one. If it is free, you will have ads on the screen to help pay for their free service.
I am not comparing, just giving options. Now I am hoping I can see the Olympics either online or on TV.