I thought this might be of use to anyone jonesing for a dose of western television in China.
There are several avenues to watch western programming on-line. It can be a pain in the ass to go to individual sites and have to click on the link for a stream.
I know of two programs that offer up television channels (in English, among other languages):SOPCAST
Uses P2P technology. It's free. You download and install the program and it offers up a channel guide.
Some of its English language offerings:
FIGHT TV (MMA)
Network 10 Australia
The TVU player
is also free.
the SCI-FI Channel from the U. S. (WWE ECW, The Twilight Zone, Battlestar Galactica, DOCTOR WHO, etc.)
ABC (US) (all you LOST fans will appreciate it)
CBS (US) (All you CSI fans will appreciate it)
Comedy Central (South Park fans will appreciate it)
FOX (US) (The Simpsons!)
FOX NEWS (if you call that "news")
Hollywood Movie (From Taiwan, but all movies are in English)
NBC (US) (HEROES fans will appreciate it)
SPIKE TV (TNA and UFC)
the USA Network (WWE RAW, MONK, ETC.)
among other channels from other nations
Also, if anyone uses Winamp - there are several video channels at your disposal - and for free.
Fire up the winamp
, right click on the player and look at the menu, make sure to click on "Media Library" A window will open up.
If you look in the tab marked "IN2TV" you can find folders and they offer up (officially) epsiodes from old shows like:
THE GEORGE CARLIN SHOW
FRACTURED FAIRY TALES
MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN
THE ROCKY & BULLWINKLE SHOW
TOM & JERRY
THE BEN STILLER SHOW
CHICO & THE MAN
WELCOME BACK, KOTTER
THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY, JR.
LOONEY TUNES shorts
THE THREE STOOGES shorts
OUR GANG/LITTLE RASCALS shorts
A HORROR MOVIE CHANNEL
A GODZILLA CHANNEL
THE GIRL FROM UNCLE
THE MAN FROM UNCLE
THE REDD FOXX SHOW
the IN2TV feature.
If you go to the SHOUTCAST TV section of the media library you will find channels devoted to FAMILY GUY, THE SIMPSONS, SOUTH PARK, old movies, SMALLVILLE, BUFFY, SCRUBS, MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS, UK GOLD, and others.
If you invest some RMB into your desktop you can have a video card and jack that comp into your television. No more CCTV9 (if you can get it in your area) and if you can't find the DVDs in your neck of the woods, you can try to catch programs through one of these outlets.
I don't use these programs for American shows, since I have cable, but I'm sure once I'm in China and feel the need to catch up with some programs now and then, these resources will be rather handy.