With the increasing popularity of Media PC systems over the last couple years, there is now a huge database of Television media stored on the computers of the world. As with any other form of entertainment we store on our computers, we of course like to find ways to share it with our friends or the rest of the world. The traditional method is through P2P programs or through torrents. For someone who just wants to watch a single episode, or maybe a couple from a certain series however this can be both tedious and time consuming. Wouldn’t it be great if there were somewhere that you could go to watch a large variety of shows on demand without any hassle?
Oh wait, there is, and that place is called Alluc (formerly allfg). The concept is simple Alluc hosts no content on their website, but instead is a giant catalog of Television content that was uploaded to any number of the free video sharing websites by members of it’s community. At current there are 17,992 links in the television section alone! There are also cartoon, anime, sporting events and even full length movies.
I have personally bemoaned the fact that there are no more Saturday morning cartoons for my child to watch like there was when I was growing up, so I was pleasantly surprised to find the entire first season of He-Man located in the Alluc database! I’ve been hooked from that point on. Sure the quality is lower than what you’re going to get from a good cable or HD signal, but the tradeoff for on demand viewing of everything from The Sopranos to Mythbusters to the Smurfs! No doubt the major networks will begin cracking down on the free hosting sites in the future making this type of setup much more difficult.
Personally I’d be more than willing to pay for this type of service, but as it typically the case it will be years before any of the major networks catch up and make a similar service available. So until then I’ll enjoy watching Skeletor and his henchmen streamed commercial free to my PC when and where I want.