Here’s an interesting FREE site. This is a streaming project out of Stanford University conducted by students. Currently they only stream 6 channels (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS, CW). These are all local channels to the Stanford area, but these are the regular channels (NOT VOD News Channels). So that means you get the regular programming for those tv stations!
The streams load blazingly fast and are clear as a bell! Sound is of good quality. You can go to their site: Puffer (stanford.edu) and register.
You can watch on a variety of devices, but not iPhone or iPads, also will not work on Safari. Check their site for specific info. I tested on my phone, laptop, and TV using a Nvidia Pro. All worked as normal. On my TV I used Downloader to go to their site and logged in. The site came up instantly and started viewing as normal.
I also tested it using the Firefox browser on my Nvidia. It did play, but for some reason going to full screen became a challenge.
Imho, I believe this site would be better used on a tablet, laptop, or phone. But what the heck, you can still use it on your streaming device if you want to.
UPDATE: Woohoo… I just tried watching using my laptop and cast it to my Samsung TV and the controlling issues were rendered moot! But I still think this site is better suited for phones and tablets.