The monthly bill keeps going up each year as the cable company adds more television networks, but the amount of time I have to watch TV each day remains the same.
It’s time to cut the cable and go free. Here’s a Mac app that might, just might– legalities aside– do the trick. It’s called TVShows and after messing around with the multi-step setup and configuration (which requires yet another free app), you can, sometimes, often, occasionally find free television shows and download them from the internet.
Almost every TV show you’ve ever wanted to watch is stored somewhere on the internet, available for download if you can figure out how. How? Torrents. Specifically, BitTorrent. More specifically, you’ll need a bit torrents app such as Transmission for your Mac, which works in concert with the TVShows app.
If all that sounds a bit confusing and convoluted, well, it is. Have you looked at your cable TV bill recently? Same thing. Confusing and convoluted. The difference between cable TV and TVShows’ app is price and ease of use. The price of cable TV is ease of use. TVShows is free, but setup can be a real hit or miss effort. Take a look.
You’ll need to download and install the bit torrent app Transmission (or any torrent app that works) to get the television shows to download to your Mac. TVShows is the app which lets you search for, find, and manage TV shows.
If you get the two up and running then you’re almost home free. TVShows is open source so the app is free. There’s a curated list of many hundreds of television shows, and the quality, while not exactly Blu-ray DVD-like, usually is decent enough to make TV watching from your Mac to Apple TV worth the effort.
One more thing. You’ll need a fast internet connection, and maybe the name of a good lawyer. No one wants to talk about the legality of downloading TV shows without actually making a payment to someone.