Free Classic TV Episodes Now Organized for Easy Discovery and Binge-Watching
Newly-published streaming video guide at RerunCentury.com makes historic public domain television shows easier to find and view
August 11, 2014 --
CORVALLIS, Ore., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- RerunCentury.com, a TV reference site established in 2010, has now published its curated directory of the public domain television episodes uploaded to the Internet Archive Moving Image Collection. This new uniquely structured interface sorts the thousands of classic TV videos at Internet Archive into meaningful guides based on show title and year of original broadcast, directing users to favorite shows or newly-discovered television gems. Video links are embedded at http://www.reruncentury.com for free viewing with no account required, and no video advertising apart from any historic commercials intact within the original broadcasts. Over 160 shows and 1,300 episodes are indexed for streaming.
"I've not seen a website similar to this." states Robert Poulsen, President of RerunCentury.com. "The Moving Image Collection is a great resource, a definitive user-generated site. The downside is the lack of a serviceable interface to its thousands of videos. By building our own database of metadata about their videos, and adding info from other freely-available sources and our own independent research, we can offer history and TV fans an experience that's enjoyable and illuminating."
Free episodes are listed in chronological order with thumbnails and summaries so users can binge-watch many classic shows. For example, The Jack Benny Program has 48 free episodes available, originally broadcast from 1951 to 1963, and the suspense drama One Step Beyond has 53 episodes online. Westerns, crime dramas, variety shows, sitcoms, and many other genres are represented.
The site also presents historic network TV prime time schedule grids from 1948-1999. Users browse and search to find watchable shows, as well as to discover which series are available on DVD. Another option is to download the public domain episodes for later viewing, via links which take users to the specific Internet Archive detail page for each video.
"It's a useful and fun resource." states Poulsen. "Yes, some recordings have defects which must be tolerated for the sake of experiencing this historic era, but, hey, that's show biz! The quality of the writing, performances, even the camera work, is something of a national treasure. And it's all free, with instant streaming on demand."
Based in Corvallis, Oregon, RerunCentury.com at http://www.reruncentury.com is a reference and entertainment web site which has been researching and organizing television history since 2010. Its mission is to create a living and growing guide to classic TV. RerunCentury.com has no association with Internet Archive, and Internet Archive does not authorize or endorse RerunCentury.com in any way.
Media Contact: Robert Poulsen, RerunCentury.com, 541-754-0990, firstname.lastname@example.org
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