There are very few avenues for watching live, online television shows legally, although the Eternal Word Television Network provides live streaming of its shows for free. Some news networks provide free streaming for those who already subscribe to television plans from one of the major satellite or cable television providers.
The Discovery Channel features several live webcams that play for free at certain times. These include a chipmunk cam, rhinoceros beetle cam, penguin cam as well as live cams for Elvin's Alaskan homestead and Otto and Charlotte's woodshed.
Although very few networks offer live online television for free without a subscription to an approved television provider, many of them archive their videos for future viewing. For example, C-Span provides free access to archived videos of political or cultural events, such as sessions of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and speeches by various political leaders. A select number of C-Span political programs are also available for live streaming for free.
To ensure compliance with the law, it is always best to seek out free live television streams from the official websites of the shows or networks themselves, rather than other websites that, in some cases, illegally stream live television broadcasts.