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The New Networks

Say good-bye to the CBS eye. Aggregator sites like iFilm and YouTube let you watch anything - and everything - you want.

Akimbo

www.akimbo.com

Connect a $200 Akimbo box or a Media Center PC to your TV set and, for $10 a month, you can watch everything, from network shows to vlogs, on demand.

Democracy

www.getdemocracy.com

Want to see the future of Net video? Download the open source Democracy Player from the Participatory Culture Foundation, a renegade nonprofit code shop. The app lets you subscribe to RSS channels, download in the background via BitTorrent, and view most video formats in full-screen resolution. (The companion site, Video Bomb, offers RSS feeds for tons of clips.) With Democracy, a well-stocked BitTorrent tracker, and a little RSS fu, who needs a TiVo?

FireAnt

fireant.tv

This app-site combo lets you subscribe to RSS channels, download via BitTorrent, and view nearly any video format - like Democracy, but not open source.

Google Video

video.google.com

The launch was anemic, but Google's vid search is improving, along with its variety of commercial downloads (usually $2 to $4, Windows only).

iFilm

www.ifilm.com

One of the original vid sites, iFilm has a slick user interface and a decent selection of clips. But beware: Owner Viacom is turning it into an outlet for movie trailers and MTV hits.

iTunes

Click the Videos button for thousands of downloads at $2 each. The free stuff is mixed in with the audio podcasts.

Machinima.com

www.machinima.com

This pioneering site is the primo source for animations "filmed" in a videogame graphics engine.

MobiTV

www.mobitv.com

For $10 per month, MobiTV streams 30-plus channels to your cell phone at an eye-catching 20 frames per second. It's like carrying a TV in your pocket.

Newgrounds

www.newgrounds.com

The largest collection of Flash animation on the Net, Newgrounds hosts nearly 80 animated serials, hundreds of cartoons, and dozens of themed collections.

Public Domain Torrents

www.publicdomaintorrents.com

Thank goodness copyright doesn't last forever. This site offers Hollywood gems like the 1937 A Star Is Born and dirt clods like Zontar: The Thing From Venus. Many come formatted for iPod and PSP.

Revver

www.revver.com

A clip warehouse with a kickback: Users who upload viral vids get half the take from ads the service appends to the files. Sweet!

subMedia

www.submedia.tv/index.html

Culture-jamming is the agenda behind this broadside of mashed-up news and radical commentary. Who says the revolution will not be televised?

Undergroundfilm.org

www.undergroundfilm.org

Sure, everyone and their IT guy are making silly phonecam clips, but there must be a place on the Web for serious filmmakers. This is it.

VlogMap.org

www.vlogmap.org

Google Earth fans have studded the big blue marble with local vlogs. The result: a one-stop global Web-vid spree.

YouTube

www.youtube.com

Users upload jillions of clips to this mac daddy of aggregators. YouTube's lax attitude toward copyright is bound to attract the MPAA (et al.) before long. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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