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Is it legal to download TV shows from the Internet?

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Several online services, including Hulu Television, Amazon Video On Demand and iTunes, provide legal options for streaming television programs, according to the University of Delaware. Other legal sites for watching TV shows include [adult swim] and Crackle TV, notes Illinois State University. These sites generally allow streaming, but not downloading.

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Amazon Video On Demand and iTunes offer individual episodes and entire seasons of television series for purchase for a reasonable fee, advises the University of Delaware. Viewers can watch television programs and movies for free from Hulu, according to the company website. For a monthly fee, viewers can watch Hulu programming with limited or no commercials. Viewers who download television program from illegal sources may face substantial fines.

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